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Title: **WINNER - KILKEEL!** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Fionntamhnach on April 11, 2018, 12:50:06 PM
*** THE FINAL PUBLIC VOTE HAS DECLARED KILKEEL, CO. DOWN TO THE THE BIGGEST SH*THOLE IN IRELAND FOR 2018 WITH PORTADOWN, CO. ARMAGH AS RUNNERS UP. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHOM VOTED & CONTRIBUTED TO THIS THREAD ***

P.S AS I SAID BELOW, DON'T TAKE THIS THREAD TOOOOO SERIOUSLY...  ;)

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It's just over a decade (http://gaaboard.com/board/index.php?topic=3942.0) when this question was last asked here and back then the general consensus was Larne, Bundoran, Granard (in fact near enough the whole of counties Longford & Cavan), Castlebar (thanks to a very sensitive contributor) and Craigavon, in particular Beirut the Legahory estate. With honourable mentions to Athy, Dundalk, Strabane, Lurgan, Clonmel and few others I can't be arsed typing out.

Since then the property bubble has burst, the Celtic Tiger has been shot and stuffed, the Republic of Ireland has gone through a turbulent economic period and so on. So it's worth asking has much changed in this regard - have certain places become even worse sh*tholes? Is there some place that ten years ago was a nice spot that has now got so bad that they could twin with Compton, Damascus or Mogadishu? What places have just got no hope whatsoever that if a meteorite hit it, it would cause hundreds of thousands of Euros in improvements? I think at this time it's worth revisiting.

Simple rules - generally looking for villages, towns or parts of major cities across all 32 counties, please give reasons as that makes the thread more entertaining, remember that pretty much every built-up settlement of at least a few thousand people will have at least one "bad" spot, and don't take this thread or nominations toooooo seriously!  8)

To throw my thoughts in...

Castlederg - Strabane, along with Lurgan, has for quite some time been a big punching bag whenever anyone brings up the issue of sh*tholes. Now I can't speak too much about Lurgan but over the last decade IMO Strabane has come on quite well for itself. It still has issues regarding deprevation but the reputation of the town has definitely improved. On the other hand it's little brother a few miles down the road has been going the opposite direction especially in terms of sectarian tensions but also any time I'm going through there the whole town looks just looks dirty beyond its town centre "diamond". To explain it a bit better, I've a relative who's a PSNI officer based in Derry. He has told me that he enjoys going on patrols in the city, has no real hassle going about Strabane but dreads being sent to Castlederg.

Elphin - now it's been a good few years since I was there to attend a football game and it might have improved a bit since then, but this place stands out to me as the most miserable, depressing spot I've ever been to anywhere in Ireland. Maybe the weather that day didn't help, maybe most of the buildings I seen were just empty shells or needed a good painting, maybe it was bumping into certain locals whom were a cross of the main characters of The League Of Gentlemen and Father Stone from Father Ted. Whatever it was it's left a lasting mark on me. To Hell or to Elphin.

Moygashel - some posters here would simply list this place because of its demographics. I list it here simply because any village which has on it's main street for years a banner commerating the death of a UVF member who blew himself to pieces planting the prematurely exploding bomb in the Miami Showband massacre quite frankly deserves to be labelled a sh*thole regardless of anything else.

Clones - let's be honest, if it wasn't for St. Tiernach's Park this town would be barely acknowleged for its existence outside of west Monaghan and South Fermanagh. The town literally lives for the Ulster Football Championship. Take that away and you've got a small town that has been struggling for decades as many border areas have been with nothing of it of note other than Barry McGuigan coming from there. It's like an extreme example of certain shops, pubs, restaurants etc. pinning their hopes for a big December customer taking to make up for the other 11 months of the year barely holding things together.

Bundoran - Recent visits to the place some call Fundoran (?) hasn't changed my mind much about it. The beach is uninspiring unless you're into surfing, the town is tacky & expensive, in a few of the pubs you'd be fortunate to come out of them without being struck by a barstool, and once the 1st September hits there is utterly no soul to the place until the May/June bank holidays arrive at the very earliest. I can see some attraction if you're a parent with young children, but not really much else. It's Nordie equivalent, Portrush, would also make this list if it wasn't for it lying just a couple of miles from Portstewart which is a clear-as-day much better place that you can quickly sprint over to. Unfortunately, Bundoran has no such close neighbour which can help redeem it.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Puckoon on April 11, 2018, 01:00:13 PM
Interesting question Fionn, primarily because of your locale. Obviously it's been a while since I've lived at home but local news has always alluded to a serious antisocial behavior problem in Fintona and by extrapolation it would long have been regarded as a bit of a shithole. Perhaps it's been cleaned up of late but I lived across the street from a former policeman who has since retired - and Fintona was his unit's problem for the better part of the 1995 to date. When he wasn't looking under his car before getting into it.

Some serious posters gone from that original thread.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Tubberman on April 11, 2018, 01:03:05 PM
Frenchpark, Ballinagare, Tulsk - Co. Roscommon
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Orchard park on April 11, 2018, 01:04:51 PM
carracastle and all west of it
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Feckitt on April 11, 2018, 01:23:31 PM
Kilkeel in County Down is the most depressing town in Ireland. 
It has everything going for it, It should be the Carlingford of the North.  It is picturesquely situated where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea.  It gets the beautiful evening sun on nearby sandy beaches.  The Silent Valley and Spelga Dam are nearby.  It's got a harbour, and a lovely river running through it.
However the town is a complete shithole thanks to the narrowminded sectarian bitterness of most of its unionist bigwigs.  The town is decked out like Nuremberg in 1936.  Para flags, painted kerbstones, UVF flegs are all over the place.  An intimidating sight to any visitors and a depressing existence for ALL of its residents.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Fionntamhnach on April 11, 2018, 01:39:49 PM
Interesting question Fionn, primarily because of your locale. Obviously it's been a while since I've lived at home but local news has always alluded to a serious antisocial behavior problem in Fintona and by extrapolation it would long have been regarded as a bit of a shithole. Perhaps it's been cleaned up of late but I lived across the street from a former policeman who has since retired - and Fintona was his unit's problem for the better part of the 1995 to date. When he wasn't looking under his car before getting into it.

Some serious posters gone from that original thread.
That's fair comment Puck. There was a growing problem involving drug dealing in the place from around the early 90's or so that often came to a head later that decade and into a fair bit of the noughties, not to mention a growing anti-social problem which was rooted in a few families in the area whom were able to silently intimidate a lot of other people and were in likelyhood a bunch of ten pound touts with the troubles still fresh in the memory. I still remember some of the stuff that went on including a van (allegedly containing a high street value of Columbia's finest) being shot at out the Dromore Road, a vigilante group that were going to "deal" with the boys from a certain family until the cops managed to get through a broken glass barricade, a bunch of joyriders crashing their car about 20 metres from my front door then setting it alight, and so on.

While there's still the occasional troublemaker, most of the original ones that gave grief in the 90's and 00's have either grown up, moved away, in jail, became neutered junkies etc. where it's a lot quieter compared to say 15 to 20 years ago where opening the "In The Courts" section of the Ulster Herald every Thursday would guarantee you that you would read about at least one person from Fintona being up for something. It also perhaps helped that when a number of Polish and Lithuanian men moved in during the mid '00s they didn't take much shit from them.

Nowadays, while Ashfield Gardens can still be hairaising on occasion things tend to be more peaceful. That's not to say there hasn't been some problems but they're far from simply being a problem restricted to South Central Fintona. All the rural bank branches are getting closed in West Tyrone & much of the west of the Bann, most standalone Post Offices are now being moved into shops and supermarkets, Police stations in most villages have been closing on a gradual basis, long established family run businesses have been closing up because the owners are now at retirement age and none of their children, or anyone else really, wants to take it on etc. But again that's not just Fintona - Dromore, Irvinestown, Carrickmore, Beragh, Gortin, Newtownstewart and the smaller villages still are all in that same boat. That's just a sign of the times, a case of having to adapt or be left behind.

Would I say Fintona's now a better place than it was say 10-20 years ago? I'd say yes, despite the closure of some long-run businesses some new ones have sprung up in their place, the town is generally tidy as long as the council send someone round to remove dog shite from the pavements more than once a month (or at least that was the case 1-2 years ago), there's a fair bit to do in terms of activities that can be expected of a place that's the size of Fintona. Indeed Andrew Short should be given a welcome nod for helping host a number of events at the Ecclesville Centre over the years. Just one thing about the local council - the sooner that pay-toilet that was dumped on us (no pun intended) because no one at the Scarffe's Entry car park in Omagh was bothering to use it, the better. It will not be missed.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Farrandeelin on April 11, 2018, 01:46:06 PM
An early nomination for Kiltimagh. Looks dank even when passing straight through, then the narrowness of the side streets taking you to Knock and Kilkelly.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Maroon Manc on April 11, 2018, 01:54:08 PM
This thread has some serious potential



Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: brokencrossbar1 on April 11, 2018, 01:58:22 PM
This thread has some serious potential

The mucksavage thread for towns!!!
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: lurganblue on April 11, 2018, 02:18:14 PM
Portadown. Complete sh*thole. I'm just amazed that if wasn't on the list from 10 years ago!! Majority of the town are backwards DUP voters and the rest have been so long enclaved that it has affected their sanity.  ;)
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Cunny Funt on April 11, 2018, 02:46:47 PM
The majority of rural towns and villages in the west of Ireland have become shitholes now because they have been allowed to rot while money and jobs has been pumped into other places. 


Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: BennyCake on April 11, 2018, 02:48:48 PM
Lisburn - bigoted hellhole.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: omaghjoe on April 11, 2018, 03:17:55 PM
Interesting question Fionn, primarily because of your locale. Obviously it's been a while since I've lived at home but local news has always alluded to a serious antisocial behavior problem in Fintona and by extrapolation it would long have been regarded as a bit of a shithole. Perhaps it's been cleaned up of late but I lived across the street from a former policeman who has since retired - and Fintona was his unit's problem for the better part of the 1995 to date. When he wasn't looking under his car before getting into it.

Some serious posters gone from that original thread.
That's fair comment Puck. There was a growing problem involving drug dealing in the place from around the early 90's or so that often came to a head later that decade and into a fair bit of the noughties, not to mention a growing anti-social problem which was rooted in a few families in the area whom were able to silently intimidate a lot of other people and were in likelyhood a bunch of ten pound touts with the troubles still fresh in the memory. I still remember some of the stuff that went on including a van (allegedly containing a high street value of Columbia's finest) being shot at out the Dromore Road, a vigilante group that were going to "deal" with the boys from a certain family until the cops managed to get through a broken glass barricade, a bunch of joyriders crashing their car about 20 metres from my front door then setting it alight, and so on.

While there's still the occasional troublemaker, most of the original ones that gave grief in the 90's and 00's have either grown up, moved away, in jail, became neutered junkies etc. where it's a lot quieter compared to say 15 to 20 years ago where opening the "In The Courts" section of the Ulster Herald every Thursday would guarantee you that you would read about at least one person from Fintona being up for something. It also perhaps helped that when a number of Polish and Lithuanian men moved in during the mid '00s they didn't take much shit from them.

Nowadays, while Ashfield Gardens can still be hairaising on occasion things tend to be more peaceful. That's not to say there hasn't been some problems but they're far from simply being a problem restricted to South Central Fintona. All the rural bank branches are getting closed in West Tyrone & much of the west of the Bann, most standalone Post Offices are now being moved into shops and supermarkets, Police stations in most villages have been closing on a gradual basis, long established family run businesses have been closing up because the owners are now at retirement age and none of their children, or anyone else really, wants to take it on etc. But again that's not just Fintona - Dromore, Irvinestown, Carrickmore, Beragh, Gortin, Newtownstewart and the smaller villages still are all in that same boat. That's just a sign of the times, a case of having to adapt or be left behind.

Would I say Fintona's now a better place than it was say 10-20 years ago? I'd say yes, despite the closure of some long-run businesses some new ones have sprung up in their place, the town is generally tidy as long as the council send someone round to remove dog shite from the pavements more than once a month (or at least that was the case 1-2 years ago), there's a fair bit to do in terms of activities that can be expected of a place that's the size of Fintona. Indeed Andrew Short should be given a welcome nod for helping host a number of events at the Ecclesville Centre over the years. Just one thing about the local council - the sooner that pay-toilet that was dumped on us (no pun intended) because no one at the Scarffe's Entry car park in Omagh was bothering to use it, the better. It will not be missed.

Puck beat me to it ;D, interesting read, had to laugh at the bit in bold.

Also to be fair to Fintona in terms of community relations without a doubt an example to for the rest of the North. Tho an old fired told me that inadvertently this was the source of Fintona's problems... as during the troubles "antisocialites" that were run out of their local areas by paramilitaries ended up getting rehoused in Fintona were there was no paramilitaries and got a free run to do whatever they wanted.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Brick Tamlin on April 11, 2018, 03:18:08 PM
Im gonna agree with previous and go with Kilkeel.
Its an absolute shitehouse of the highest order. My colleague was spot on when he said it should have everything going for it but really it is down to the ultra-unionist brethern who are missing a complete trick when it comes to developing and selling it as a destination to the masses.

Lurgan is and always will be a shitehouse too. You could group Portadown, Craigavon and Lurgan in there together as one big piddly stain on the map of Ireland.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Shamrock Shore on April 11, 2018, 03:42:47 PM
Still would have Granard quite high on any such list but for sheer out-and-out kip I would plump (perhaps surprisingly) for Kilgarvan in Kerry. Its nice location almost saves it, and it is close to the wonderful Kenmare, but really, only for the local gombeens, it would be have been swept under the Kerry rug ages ago.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: JimStynes on April 11, 2018, 04:05:56 PM
Portadown and Lisburn would be my picks. Is Craigavon even a town?? I donít think Lurgan is as bad as people make out.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: GetOverTheBar on April 11, 2018, 04:18:39 PM
Dungannon.

Could write an essay on it....but I wont. Take away the banks and I genuinely have no idea why anyone would go to it - shops / businesses of nothing and the bars are absolute dirty dens - bar McAleers and Hagans to be fair.

Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Orchard park on April 11, 2018, 04:23:08 PM
how many need a bank office nowadays either
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: lurganblue on April 11, 2018, 04:31:36 PM
Honourable mentions for Clough, Dundalk and Keady. 
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: red hander on April 11, 2018, 04:32:52 PM
Dungannon.

Could write an essay on it....but I wont. Take away the banks and I genuinely have no idea why anyone would go to it - shops / businesses of nothing and the bars are absolute dirty dens - bar McAleers and Hagans to be fair.

Packie Quinn's is best pub in town now that Tommy's is sadly no longer operating
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: red hander on April 11, 2018, 04:36:24 PM
It's just over a decade (http://gaaboard.com/board/index.php?topic=3942.0) when this question was last asked here and back then the general consensus was Larne, Bundoran, Granard (in fact near enough the whole of counties Longford & Cavan), Castlebar (thanks to a very sensitive contributor) and Craigavon, in particular Beirut the Legahory estate. With honourable mentions to Athy, Dundalk, Strabane, Lurgan, Clonmel and few others I can't be arsed typing out.

Since then the property bubble has burst, the Celtic Tiger has been shot and stuffed, the Republic of Ireland has gone through a turbulent economic period and so on. So it's worth asking has much changed in this regard - have certain places become even worse sh*tholes? Is there some place that ten years ago was a nice spot that has now got so bad that they could twin with Compton, Damascus or Mogadishu? What places have just got no hope whatsoever that if a meteorite hit it, it would cause hundreds of thousands of Euros in improvements? I think at this time it's worth revisiting.

Simple rules - generally looking for villages, towns or parts of major cities across all 32 counties, please give reasons as that makes the thread more entertaining, remember that pretty much every built-up settlement of at least a few thousand people will have at least one "bad" spot, and don't take this thread or nominations toooooo seriously!  8)

To throw my thoughts in...

Castlederg - Strabane, along with Lurgan, has for quite some time been a big punching bag whenever anyone brings up the issue of sh*tholes. Now I can't speak too much about Lurgan but over the last decade IMO Strabane has come on quite well for itself. It still has issues regarding deprevation but the reputation of the town has definitely improved. On the other hand it's little brother a few miles down the road has been going the opposite direction especially in terms of sectarian tensions but also any time I'm going through there the whole town looks just looks dirty beyond its town centre "diamond". To explain it a bit better, I've a relative who's a PSNI officer based in Derry. He has told me that he enjoys going on patrols in the city, has no real hassle going about Strabane but dreads being sent to Castlederg.

Elphin - now it's been a good few years since I was there to attend a football game and it might have improved a bit since then, but this place stands out to me as the most miserable, depressing spot I've ever been to anywhere in Ireland. Maybe the weather that day didn't help, maybe most of the buildings I seen were just empty shells or needed a good painting, maybe it was bumping into certain locals whom were a cross of the main characters of The League Of Gentlemen and Father Stone from Father Ted. Whatever it was it's left a lasting mark on me. To Hell or to Elphin.

Moygashel - some posters here would simply list this place because of its demographics. I list it here simply because any village which has on it's main street for years a banner commerating the death of a UVF member who blew himself to pieces planting the prematurely exploding bomb in the Miami Showband massacre quite frankly deserves to be labelled a sh*thole regardless of anything else.

Clones - let's be honest, if it wasn't for St. Tiernach's Park this town would be barely acknowleged for its existence outside of west Monaghan and South Fermanagh. The town literally lives for the Ulster Football Championship. Take that away and you've got a small town that has been struggling for decades as many border areas have been with nothing of it of note other than Barry McGuigan coming from there. It's like an extreme example of certain shops, pubs, restaurants etc. pinning their hopes for a big December customer taking to make up for the other 11 months of the year barely holding things together.

Bundoran - Recent visits to the place some call Fundoran (?) hasn't changed my mind much about it. The beach is uninspiring unless you're into surfing, the town is tacky & expensive, in a few of the pubs you'd be fortunate to come out of them without being struck by a barstool, and once the 1st September hits there is utterly no soul to the place until the May/June bank holidays arrive at the very earliest. I can see some attraction if you're a parent with young children, but not really much else. It's Nordie equivalent, Portrush, would also make this list if it wasn't for it lying just a couple of miles from Portstewart which is a clear-as-day much better place that you can quickly sprint over to. Unfortunately, Bundoran has no such close neighbour which can help redeem it.

Don't forget, he was also a member of the UDR, that fine body of colluding, murdering b**tards so beloved of unionists, along with the sc**bag tr**p of a mate of his who also died in the blast
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Puckoon on April 11, 2018, 04:44:34 PM
Interesting question Fionn, primarily because of your locale. Obviously it's been a while since I've lived at home but local news has always alluded to a serious antisocial behavior problem in Fintona and by extrapolation it would long have been regarded as a bit of a shithole. Perhaps it's been cleaned up of late but I lived across the street from a former policeman who has since retired - and Fintona was his unit's problem for the better part of the 1995 to date. When he wasn't looking under his car before getting into it.

Some serious posters gone from that original thread.
That's fair comment Puck. There was a growing problem involving drug dealing in the place from around the early 90's or so that often came to a head later that decade and into a fair bit of the noughties, not to mention a growing anti-social problem which was rooted in a few families in the area whom were able to silently intimidate a lot of other people and were in likelyhood a bunch of ten pound touts with the troubles still fresh in the memory. I still remember some of the stuff that went on including a van (allegedly containing a high street value of Columbia's finest) being shot at out the Dromore Road, a vigilante group that were going to "deal" with the boys from a certain family until the cops managed to get through a broken glass barricade, a bunch of joyriders crashing their car about 20 metres from my front door then setting it alight, and so on.

While there's still the occasional troublemaker, most of the original ones that gave grief in the 90's and 00's have either grown up, moved away, in jail, became neutered junkies etc. where it's a lot quieter compared to say 15 to 20 years ago where opening the "In The Courts" section of the Ulster Herald every Thursday would guarantee you that you would read about at least one person from Fintona being up for something. It also perhaps helped that when a number of Polish and Lithuanian men moved in during the mid '00s they didn't take much shit from them.

Nowadays, while Ashfield Gardens can still be hairaising on occasion things tend to be more peaceful. That's not to say there hasn't been some problems but they're far from simply being a problem restricted to South Central Fintona. All the rural bank branches are getting closed in West Tyrone & much of the west of the Bann, most standalone Post Offices are now being moved into shops and supermarkets, Police stations in most villages have been closing on a gradual basis, long established family run businesses have been closing up because the owners are now at retirement age and none of their children, or anyone else really, wants to take it on etc. But again that's not just Fintona - Dromore, Irvinestown, Carrickmore, Beragh, Gortin, Newtownstewart and the smaller villages still are all in that same boat. That's just a sign of the times, a case of having to adapt or be left behind.

Would I say Fintona's now a better place than it was say 10-20 years ago? I'd say yes, despite the closure of some long-run businesses some new ones have sprung up in their place, the town is generally tidy as long as the council send someone round to remove dog shite from the pavements more than once a month (or at least that was the case 1-2 years ago), there's a fair bit to do in terms of activities that can be expected of a place that's the size of Fintona. Indeed Andrew Short should be given a welcome nod for helping host a number of events at the Ecclesville Centre over the years. Just one thing about the local council - the sooner that pay-toilet that was dumped on us (no pun intended) because no one at the Scarffe's Entry car park in Omagh was bothering to use it, the better. It will not be missed.

Fair response. I'd have a close connection to Drumquin and the Derg as well, and see the same thing happening in those communities.

Nice to see Fintona picking up - the golf club seems to do great business there.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: seafoid on April 11, 2018, 05:58:35 PM
An early nomination for Kiltimagh. Looks dank even when passing straight through, then the narrowness of the side streets taking you to Knock and Kilkelly.
Kiltimagh isn't that bad imo. The town is well taken care of and doesn't feel as run down as say Charlestown.

Limerick has a massive problem with Moyross that it ignored for decades but which grew like a cancer. The community is traumatised by violence and beyond the reach of conventional solutions. Even middle class areas of the city have been impacted by the failures of the State to control the breakdown in Moyross.

Parts of Dublin are also desperate kips.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: AZOffaly on April 11, 2018, 06:34:35 PM
An early nomination for Kiltimagh. Looks dank even when passing straight through, then the narrowness of the side streets taking you to Knock and Kilkelly.
Kiltimagh isn't that bad imo. The town is well taken care of and doesn't feel as run down as say Charlestown.

Limerick has a massive problem with Moyross that it ignored for decades but which grew like a cancer. The community is traumatised by violence and beyond the reach of conventional solutions. Even middle class areas of the city have been impacted by the failures of the State to control the breakdown in Moyross.

Parts of Dublin are also desperate kips.

Eh sorry? When were you last in Limerick seafoid?
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: seafoid on April 11, 2018, 06:41:07 PM
An early nomination for Kiltimagh. Looks dank even when passing straight through, then the narrowness of the side streets taking you to Knock and Kilkelly.
Kiltimagh isn't that bad imo. The town is well taken care of and doesn't feel as run down as say Charlestown.

Limerick has a massive problem with Moyross that it ignored for decades but which grew like a cancer. The community is traumatised by violence and beyond the reach of conventional solutions. Even middle class areas of the city have been impacted by the failures of the State to control the breakdown in Moyross.

Parts of Dublin are also desperate kips.

Eh sorry? When were you last in Limerick seafoid?
Compared to Galway or Cork  AZ Limerick is years behind  . ThEecity centre is very weak commercially.  I thought it was like white flight in the US.
It's very sad.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: AZOffaly on April 11, 2018, 06:48:19 PM
I think you are out of date. I work in Limerick and the work done in the city centre the last 10 years is brilliant. The future plans are very hopeful and bright also. This old narrative about Limerick is perpetuated by people who donít actually know it. In my view.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Puckoon on April 11, 2018, 06:57:33 PM
Not to derail the thread lads - but my vote would go to the roads. The litter on the roadside from Dublin to Omagh is insane every time I make the drive, really is pass remarkable.

Who is responsible for that in the South and the North - and why is it not being tackled (efficiently - assuming some has a responsibility to clean it up)? I assume somehow citizens of both places are paying for a service of sorts. Crazy that a country as full of national pride as Ireland has citizens happy to toss their chipper bags and bottles out the windows.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Tony Baloney on April 11, 2018, 07:03:45 PM
Still would have Granard quite high on any such list but for sheer out-and-out kip I would plump (perhaps surprisingly) for Kilgarvan in Kerry. Its nice location almost saves it, and it is close to the wonderful Kenmare, but really, only for the local gombeens, it would be have been swept under the Kerry rug ages ago.
What's the problem with Granard? I drive through it every now and again on way to Athlone and it seems like a perfectly fine Midlands town.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: bannside on April 11, 2018, 07:49:02 PM
Have to agree with AZOffaly, I have been in Limerick several times recently and it is definitely going the right way. Stayed at the Strand hotel last weekend for two nights when down for the Con Kirby greyhound competition.

Having said that I was extremely disappointed with Tipperary Town. Never saw a town with such poor roads through it, potholes everywhere, and run down buildings that haven't been painted in years. Expected it to be a bit classier tbh.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: manfromdelmonte on April 11, 2018, 08:07:08 PM
Every road seems to be heavily littered the last year

It's gotten really bad

Some people are just so fcukin ignorant
Bring home your coffee cups, bottles and wrappers from fast food!
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Syferus on April 11, 2018, 08:15:24 PM
What a stupid, negative idea for a thread.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: red hander on April 11, 2018, 08:32:32 PM
Roscommon is an awful kip
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: JPGJOHNNYG on April 11, 2018, 08:35:24 PM
Latharna - does it even need an explanation. The old line sums it up best bit about it is the ferry out of it.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: macdanger2 on April 11, 2018, 08:55:05 PM
Have to agree with AZOffaly, I have been in Limerick several times recently and it is definitely going the right way. Stayed at the Strand hotel last weekend for two nights when down for the Con Kirby greyhound competition.

Having said that I was extremely disappointed with Tipperary Town. Never saw a town with such poor roads through it, potholes everywhere, and run down buildings that haven't been painted in years. Expected it to be a bit classier tbh.

Limerick has definitely improved but I was there last summer and it's still way behind the other big cities imo.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Harold Disgracey on April 11, 2018, 09:09:30 PM
Lurgan is an awful kip.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: trileacman on April 11, 2018, 09:16:50 PM
Don't get the hate for Granard, seems a typical midland town. I'd see Moate as much more depressing. "The Derg" was always a shithole.
Don't mind Clones either, small dying border towns are ten a penny.

We could actually do a border town thread on its on. Swadlinbar, Pettigo, Killtyclougher, Derrygonnelly, all towns that a strong wind would toss.

The most sensible answer was the remark that a meteorite could wipe Lurgan, Portadown and Craigavon off the face of the planet and the world would be a better place. A piss-stain on the face of Ireland.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: spuds on April 11, 2018, 09:20:02 PM
Don't get the hate for Granard, seems a typical midland town. I'd see Moate as much more depressing. "The Derg" was always a shithole.
Don't mind Clones either, small dying border towns are ten a penny.

We could actually do a border town thread on its on. Swadlinbar, Pettigo, Killtyclougher, Derrygonnelly, all towns that a strong wind would toss.

The most sensible answer was the remark that a meteorite could wipe Lurgan, Portadown and Craigavon off the face of the planet and the world would be a better place. A piss-stain on the face of Ireland.
A piss stain is surely an upgrade on a shithole.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: The Iceman on April 11, 2018, 09:22:16 PM
We should print this off and send it to Tourism Ireland. How about a positive thread or comment lads.... flip me.
I've travelled and lived all over the world and I'll tell you Ireland is a beautiful country. Even these so called "shithole" towns have great things going on and great people, great history, great significance in the history and story of the country.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: bennydorano on April 11, 2018, 09:24:15 PM
Great read about Fintona. I was in & about Kilkeel on a weekly basis for a couple of years and I found it a strange place, I used to love talking to the locals to try and get a feel for the place. I think the town & surrounding area is pretty much a 50/50 split in religious terms but it does give off that Loyalist shithole vibe. IIRC the area near the centre of town that's most bedecked with Flegs is very close to the Loyalist areas down beside Kilkeel HS and probably isn't representative of the town/area as a whole - but no doubt there's a hardcore Loyalist element that scares the shit out of the local politicians, police etc... who let them get away with it
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: trileacman on April 11, 2018, 09:27:57 PM
We should print this off and send it to Tourism Ireland. How about a positive thread or comment lads.... flip me.
I've travelled and lived all over the world and I'll tell you Ireland is a beautiful country. Even these so called "shithole" towns have great things going on and great people, great history, great significance in the history and story of the country.

snowflake.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: mouview on April 11, 2018, 09:39:35 PM
In Athlone, they mostly come out at night. Mostly.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: imtommygunn on April 11, 2018, 09:40:57 PM
It would be very hard to look past Larne.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: armaghniac on April 11, 2018, 09:44:50 PM
We should print this off and send it to Tourism Ireland. How about a positive thread or comment lads.... flip me.
I've travelled and lived all over the world and I'll tell you Ireland is a beautiful country. Even these so called "shithole" towns have great things going on and great people, great history, great significance in the history and story of the country.

Fintona had real character when they had the horse tram.
Even Larne has a ferry.

And the point is well made about litter on the road, my car is a bit of a tip because I don't throw stuff out the window.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: michaelg on April 11, 2018, 09:55:33 PM
It would be very hard to look past Larne.
Is Larne really that bad?  Just seems like an easy option in threads like this.  No worse than other provincial towns imo.  Was there relatively recently and didn't seemed to be that many vacant retails outlets etc.  What do people expect from a small town?
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: imtommygunn on April 11, 2018, 09:58:51 PM
It isn't great.

It and portadown do seem to get mentioned a lot in these things.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: randomusername on April 11, 2018, 10:03:28 PM
Cappagh, county Tyrone. Consists of one half-deserted street. Nearby Galbally seems fine but Cappagh's a ghost town. Odd to think it was an IRA stronghold.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: rrhf on April 11, 2018, 10:16:26 PM
Leitrim
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Eamonnca1 on April 11, 2018, 10:23:41 PM
Lurgan is an awful kip.

Is it now?  Let's see. Home to half a dozen GAA clubs, and sports participation is widespread in other sports with plenty of clubs to choose from. A big swimming pool with a good gym and squash courts. A large and beautiful park overlooked by Brownlow House, itself a work of art. An attractive, large, thriving, bustling main street with all sorts of nice pubs, bars and cafes. On the main Belfast-Dublin railway line so you can commute in comfort to towns and cities along it. You can take the train up to Belfast for a Sunday afternoon hanging around the bars and eating houses around Botanic Ave. Lough Neagh and all manner of natural beauty spots nearby. Lough Neagh discovery centre, Kinnegoe marina, Craigavon Lakes with its great bike / pedestrian paths that let your childer ride in safety. The golf-ski centre, was the only dry ski slope in Ireland for years. Good schools (like St Ronan's) and a great Tech for vocational training. Plenty of work despite the decline of the historic textile industry.

Compared to other places it's not that bad. Try living somewhere like Salford for a couple of years. That'll soon put manners on you.

Lurgan's only an "awful kip" if you spend your life sitting in the house in front of the TV eating crisps and drinking Buckfast. As provincial towns go it's got plenty going for it.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: FermGael on April 11, 2018, 10:25:41 PM
Trillick.
Literally nothing going for it. 
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: snoopdog on April 11, 2018, 10:27:16 PM
Lurgan is an awful kip.

Is it now?  Let's see. Home to half a dozen GAA clubs, and sports participation is widespread in other sports with plenty of clubs to choose from. A big swimming pool with a good gym and squash courts. A large and beautiful park overlooked by Brownlow House, itself a work of art. An attractive, large, thriving, bustling main street with all sorts of nice pubs, bars and cafes. On the main Belfast-Dublin railway line so you can commute in comfort to towns and cities along it. You can take the train up to Belfast for a Sunday afternoon hanging around the bars and eating houses around Botanic Ave. Lough Neagh and all manner of natural beauty spots nearby. Lough Neagh discovery centre, Kinnegoe marina, Craigavon Lakes with its great bike / pedestrian paths that let your childer ride in safety. The golf-ski centre, was the only dry ski slope in Ireland for years. Good schools (like St Ronan's) and a great Tech for vocational training. Plenty of work despite the decline of the historic textile industry.

Compared to other places it's not that bad. Try living somewhere like Salford for a couple of years. That'll soon put manners on you.

Lurgan's only an "awful kip" if you spend your life sitting in the house in front of the TV eating crisps and drinking Buckfast. As provincial towns go it's got plenty going for it.
I would agree every large town has it's shit areas. If Lurgan is mentioned then why not Newry. In weather like we have had this winter everywhere looks bleak.  Some areas are rougher than others .
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: laoislad on April 11, 2018, 10:28:31 PM
I haven't heard of half the towns ye are talking about
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Minder on April 11, 2018, 10:30:39 PM
It would be very hard to look past Larne.
Is Larne really that bad?  Just seems like an easy option in threads like this.  No worse than other provincial towns imo.  Was there relatively recently and didn't seemed to be that many vacant retails outlets etc.  What do people expect from a small town?

Yeah itís just the go to suggestion on a thread like this. There isnít much in it granted but you could say that about any number of places
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: BennyCake on April 11, 2018, 10:52:04 PM
I haven't heard of half the towns ye are talking about

That's because you're looking at that Ireland map from the Late Late show.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: laoislad on April 11, 2018, 10:56:35 PM
I haven't heard of half the towns ye are talking about

That's because you're looking at that Ireland map from the Late Late show.
Well from reading this thread it seems its nothing but one big shithole up there anyways.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: whitey on April 12, 2018, 02:33:32 AM
Lurgan is an awful kip.

Is it now?  Let's see. Home to half a dozen GAA clubs, and sports participation is widespread in other sports with plenty of clubs to choose from. A big swimming pool with a good gym and squash courts. A large and beautiful park overlooked by Brownlow House, itself a work of art. An attractive, large, thriving, bustling main street with all sorts of nice pubs, bars and cafes. On the main Belfast-Dublin railway line so you can commute in comfort to towns and cities along it. You can take the train up to Belfast for a Sunday afternoon hanging around the bars and eating houses around Botanic Ave. Lough Neagh and all manner of natural beauty spots nearby. Lough Neagh discovery centre, Kinnegoe marina, Craigavon Lakes with its great bike / pedestrian paths that let your childer ride in safety. The golf-ski centre, was the only dry ski slope in Ireland for years. Good schools (like St Ronan's) and a great Tech for vocational training. Plenty of work despite the decline of the historic textile industry.

Compared to other places it's not that bad. Try living somewhere like Salford for a couple of years. That'll soon put manners on you.

Lurgan's only an "awful kip" if you spend your life sitting in the house in front of the TV eating crisps and drinking Buckfast. As provincial towns go it's got plenty going for it.

The difference between now and when we were growing up is that there were few if any facilities back in the 70s and 80s.....in the town I grew up in theres a new boxing club, tennis complex and a new swimming pool is being built as we speak. The GAA and Soccer clubs have state of the art facilities and even have astro turf fields (one built, one in the planning stage).   Samll country clubs that had the most spartan of facilities have incredible set ups

The other difference is that it wasnt as easy to get around.....few if any taxis and even fewer cars in the hands of twentysomethings. If you lived in a $hithole town, you didnt have too many options to go elsewhere. FFS my nieces and nephews have been all over the place...school tours to Germany, the Camino, Premiership Soccer, Concerts, games etc.

I was 18 before I flew on a plane and I was 24 before I stayed a night in a hotel
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Harold Disgracey on April 12, 2018, 07:13:43 AM
Lurgan is an awful kip.

Is it now?  Let's see. Home to half a dozen GAA clubs, and sports participation is widespread in other sports with plenty of clubs to choose from. A big swimming pool with a good gym and squash courts. A large and beautiful park overlooked by Brownlow House, itself a work of art. An attractive, large, thriving, bustling main street with all sorts of nice pubs, bars and cafes. On the main Belfast-Dublin railway line so you can commute in comfort to towns and cities along it. You can take the train up to Belfast for a Sunday afternoon hanging around the bars and eating houses around Botanic Ave. Lough Neagh and all manner of natural beauty spots nearby. Lough Neagh discovery centre, Kinnegoe marina, Craigavon Lakes with its great bike / pedestrian paths that let your childer ride in safety. The golf-ski centre, was the only dry ski slope in Ireland for years. Good schools (like St Ronan's) and a great Tech for vocational training. Plenty of work despite the decline of the historic textile industry.

Compared to other places it's not that bad. Try living somewhere like Salford for a couple of years. That'll soon put manners on you.

Lurgan's only an "awful kip" if you spend your life sitting in the house in front of the TV eating crisps and drinking Buckfast. As provincial towns go it's got plenty going for it.

Itís no Portadown though!
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: seafoid on April 12, 2018, 08:01:08 AM



The area between Connolly station and Croke Park in Dublin. I don't think any economic progress ever reached the most disadvantaged streels.  It turns up in the mortality statistics.
Rural areas can be poor but they have a lot of psychological advantages over disadvantaged urban areas.

Sociologists divide disadvantaged people into the advantaged of the disadvantaged and the disadvantaged of the disadvantaged. When there is a mixture the community can make progress. If the advantaged leave the community is often fucked.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: bennydorano on April 12, 2018, 09:06:16 AM
Walked that stretch to Croke Park  a couple of times with kids last Summer and I was taken aback tbh,  the kids were a bit scared on a particular stretch (not sure of the aRea,  brownish coloured flats). I'm sure I've walked it many times before but it was the first time I really took it in.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Maroon Manc on April 12, 2018, 10:02:18 AM
An early nomination for Kiltimagh. Looks dank even when passing straight through, then the narrowness of the side streets taking you to Knock and Kilkelly.
Kiltimagh isn't that bad imo. The town is well taken care of and doesn't feel as run down as say Charlestown.

Limerick has a massive problem with Moyross that it ignored for decades but which grew like a cancer. The community is traumatised by violence and beyond the reach of conventional solutions. Even middle class areas of the city have been impacted by the failures of the State to control the breakdown in Moyross.

Parts of Dublin are also desperate kips.

There's certainly a few more run down towns in East Mayo/Roscommon than Charlestown.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: GetOverTheBar on April 12, 2018, 10:13:22 AM
Walked that stretch to Croke Park  a couple of times with kids last Summer and I was taken aback tbh,  the kids were a bit scared on a particular stretch (not sure of the aRea,  brownish coloured flats). I'm sure I've walked it many times before but it was the first time I really took it in.

Sounds like Dorset Street/Granby Road?
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Milltown Row2 on April 12, 2018, 10:20:15 AM
It would be very hard to look past Larne.
Is Larne really that bad?  Just seems like an easy option in threads like this.  No worse than other provincial towns imo.  Was there relatively recently and didn't seemed to be that many vacant retails outlets etc.  What do people expect from a small town?

Yeah itís just the go to suggestion on a thread like this. There isnít much in it granted but you could say that about any number of places

Worked in Larne for about 5 years, the saying the best thing about Larne is the road out of it is probably about right, there is a scummy element to it, but the same could be said for anywhere, why hasnt Belfast been mentioned? Even parts of Belfast city centre are rotten, any area of the centre near social housing needs looked at. Been working in the centre now for about 3 years and by christ some people look like zombies!

As for Lisburn, yeah black hole, but as a place to live (I dont live there) it seems a nice place (bar the estates)
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: GetOverTheBar on April 12, 2018, 10:25:02 AM
It would be very hard to look past Larne.
Is Larne really that bad?  Just seems like an easy option in threads like this.  No worse than other provincial towns imo.  Was there relatively recently and didn't seemed to be that many vacant retails outlets etc.  What do people expect from a small town?

Yeah itís just the go to suggestion on a thread like this. There isnít much in it granted but you could say that about any number of places

Worked in Larne for about 5 years, the saying the best thing about Larne is the road out of it is probably about right, there is a scummy element to it, but the same could be said for anywhere, why hasnt Belfast been mentioned? Even parts of Belfast city centre are rotten, any area of the centre near social housing needs looked at. Been working in the centre now for about 3 years and by christ some people look like zombies!

As for Lisburn, yeah black hole, but as a place to live (I dont live there) it seems a nice place (bar the estates)

Funny was in Belfast last week - ended up parking in North Street, haven't been past Castlecourt that way since I was at Uni (used to actually work in Castle Street not even up to 4 years ago). I was taken aback, a real dive and genuinely looked like something you'd see off the wrong side street in Dublin....walking down it I was half thinking is this car going to be here by the time I get back.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: GJL on April 12, 2018, 10:28:40 AM
Spent yesterday in Galway and Mayo on work appointments. Covered 340 miles from I left home until I got back again. Industry seems to be going OK but there are a lot of small businesses especially in hospitality closed up with the building just left in a state of disrepair. Small pubs and restaurants closed up everywhere. All a bit desolate looking. Also when you get off the main roads the secondary roads are really bad with pot holes etc but that could be said for anywhere in Ireland. 
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: armaghniac on April 12, 2018, 10:34:33 AM



The area between Connolly station and Croke Park in Dublin. I don't think any economic progress ever reached the most disadvantaged streels.  It turns up in the mortality statistics.
Rural areas can be poor but they have a lot of psychological advantages over disadvantaged urban areas.

Sociologists divide disadvantaged people into the advantaged of the disadvantaged and the disadvantaged of the disadvantaged. When there is a mixture the community can make progress. If the advantaged leave the community is often fucked.

Quite true that this area is behind other places. But it is not true that it hasn't progressed, you only have to look at the number of cars parked there nowadays. Anyone who remembers the 80s or who has seen film from before that time can see progress, even if this area is still behind other places.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Bord na Mona man on April 12, 2018, 10:35:08 AM
I wonder how would this thread read in 30 years time when nearly every rural town with a population less than 5,000 has a boarded up main street?
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: seafoid on April 12, 2018, 10:37:10 AM
An early nomination for Kiltimagh. Looks dank even when passing straight through, then the narrowness of the side streets taking you to Knock and Kilkelly.
Kiltimagh isn't that bad imo. The town is well taken care of and doesn't feel as run down as say Charlestown.

Limerick has a massive problem with Moyross that it ignored for decades but which grew like a cancer. The community is traumatised by violence and beyond the reach of conventional solutions. Even middle class areas of the city have been impacted by the failures of the State to control the breakdown in Moyross.

Parts of Dublin are also desperate kips.

There's certainly a few more run down towns in East Mayo/Roscommon than Charlestown.
I drove from Enniscrone in Sligo to Castlerea in Ros a while ago and it took in a good bit of East Mayo. It clear that it doesn't get much of the money in circulation but it has a lot of other strengths that urban disadvantaged areas don't
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Bord na Mona man on April 12, 2018, 11:42:37 AM

The area between Connolly station and Croke Park in Dublin. I don't think any economic progress ever reached the most disadvantaged streels.  It turns up in the mortality statistics.
Rural areas can be poor but they have a lot of psychological advantages over disadvantaged urban areas.

Sociologists divide disadvantaged people into the advantaged of the disadvantaged and the disadvantaged of the disadvantaged. When there is a mixture the community can make progress. If the advantaged leave the community is often fucked.
Yeah, the area is quite a scene.
What doesnít help is the methadone treatment centre on the North Strand and the inevitable zombie convergence that accompanies these places.   
That side of Connolly is the main drop off area for the buses that bring addicts (for free) into the city centre.

Ballybough and Summerhill were worse years ago though. The council are gradually emptying some of the flat complexes which are earmarked for redevelopment.
I wouldnít describe the area as being particular less safe than other parts of the city. Itís the abandoned and neglected feel of the area that adds to the gloom.

Some of the older houses and architecture is very decent. But the urban renewal and gentrification that you hear about, hasnít taken root here.

Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Antrim Coaster on April 12, 2018, 11:58:59 AM
It would be very hard to look past Larne.
Is Larne really that bad?  Just seems like an easy option in threads like this.  No worse than other provincial towns imo.  Was there relatively recently and didn't seemed to be that many vacant retails outlets etc.  What do people expect from a small town?

Yeah itís just the go to suggestion on a thread like this. There isnít much in it granted but you could say that about any number of places

Worked in Larne for about 5 years, the saying the best thing about Larne is the road out of it is probably about right, there is a scummy element to it, but the same could be said for anywhere, why hasnt Belfast been mentioned? Even parts of Belfast city centre are rotten, any area of the centre near social housing needs looked at. Been working in the centre now for about 3 years and by christ some people look like zombies!

As for Lisburn, yeah black hole, but as a place to live (I dont live there) it seems a nice place (bar the estates)

Ah Milltown, ye never made it as far as the hurling pitch. An oasis of calm located in a very scenic location a mile or two away from the sh1tehole that is Larne.

If you want to witness examples of genetic mutation then observe Larne main Street on a Saturday afternoon.

A sectarian dump where the planter population still stick their heads in the sand and say NO to everything
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Dire Ear on April 12, 2018, 12:38:09 PM
Banbridge and Fivemiletown
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: general_lee on April 12, 2018, 02:01:14 PM
A couple of points.

Firstly, people seem to have pre-conceived ideas of towns and therefore consider them to be shitholes despite them not being from anywhere near them or spending any considerable amount of time in them.

Secondly, every large urban area will have its own shithole areas and itís own scumbags running about it. Name me a town that doesnít.

Thirdly, how do you even judge a town on being a shithole? Is it underinvestment? The number of working class estates? The colour of the kerbs? The amount of litter? The architecture? The traffic jams?

Lurgans name as usual has popped up yet Iíd question how many people have actually been there or spent any tangible amount of time there recently. Postcodes in Lurgan were actually named as some of the most desirable in the north when it comes to affordable (decent) housing, access to schools, transport, retail etc.

Larne is another one and I actually was in Larne for the first time ever a few months back, yes itís a dreary wee town but from what I saw itís no better or worse than most other towns. Even banbridge got a mention which to me was always a mainly middle class town!
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: GetOverTheBar on April 12, 2018, 02:15:46 PM
A couple of points.

Firstly, people seem to have pre-conceived ideas of towns and therefore consider them to be shitholes despite them not being from anywhere near them or spending any considerable amount of time in them.

Secondly, every large urban area will have its own shithole areas and itís own scumbags running about it. Name me a town that doesnít.

Thirdly, how do you even judge a town on being a shithole? Is it underinvestment? The number of working class estates? The colour of the kerbs? The amount of litter? The architecture? The traffic jams?

Lurgans name as usual has popped up yet Iíd question how many people have actually been there or spent any tangible amount of time there recently. Postcodes in Lurgan were actually named as some of the most desirable in the north when it comes to affordable (decent) housing, access to schools, transport, retail etc.

Larne is another one and I actually was in Larne for the first time ever a few months back, yes itís a dreary wee town but from what I saw itís no better or worse than most other towns. Even banbridge got a mention which to me was always a mainly middle class town!

Lurgan isn't a bad spot all in all, been out for a few pints in it in my time - can't say I'd rush back for another night out but as for the actual location etc, it's not bad at all. Decent enough selection of shops, Eamonnca1 words on it were quite true to be honest - Lurgan has a lot going for it, like most towns probably the bad news takes precedence over the good?

I hate driving over the train tracks in the town though....

Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: joemamas on April 12, 2018, 02:24:52 PM
An early nomination for Kiltimagh. Looks dank even when passing straight through, then the narrowness of the side streets taking you to Knock and Kilkelly.
Kiltimagh isn't that bad imo. The town is well taken care of and doesn't feel as run down as say Charlestown.

Limerick has a massive problem with Moyross that it ignored for decades but which grew like a cancer. The community is traumatised by violence and beyond the reach of conventional solutions. Even middle class areas of the city have been impacted by the failures of the State to control the breakdown in Moyross.

Parts of Dublin are also desperate kips.

There's certainly a few more run down towns in East Mayo/Roscommon than Charlestown.

Charlestown is typical of a lot of small west of Ireland town. Luckily for it, it did not have a ridiculous amount of new house built during boon days, that would be still empty.

Not turning this into a political thread, but IMO It is mind boggling the prior governments and particularly the most recent one for last seven or eight years, led by a Mayoman never went all in for a tax free zone around a three/five/seven mile radius of Ireland west Airport, which is thriving BTW. It could have been his legacy to Mayo, and the real west of Ireland. Also may have inadvertently helped alleviate the current accommodation issues in bigger cities.

Donít mean to hijack this thread, but my understanding is that recovery is still to take full effect in the west/north west.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Orchard park on April 12, 2018, 02:47:17 PM
Boyle would fit the bill for a town that is dying on its feet, a fine market town of the 70s but its a scary sight now not least the monstrosity in the middle of the town the Royal Hotel
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: JimStynes on April 12, 2018, 02:51:43 PM
Parts of Dublin are a complete kip. Antrim Town hasnít got a mention yet! What a shit hole.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Rossfan on April 12, 2018, 03:12:19 PM
Boyle would fit the bill for a town that is dying on its feet, a fine market town of the 70s but its a scary sight now not least the monstrosity in the middle of the town the Royal Hotel
It's a sad sight driving through it alright.
I'm afraid towns like that had their day when people shopped local and there were loads of small farmers with nothing other than a bike or horse and cart.
Also there was "the book" which you paid off on fair day if all went well.
Now the only shops doing well in small towns are ones where you can park a car.
Dont know what their future is - demolish a street or 2 and move the surviving businesses into one street?
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Orchard park on April 12, 2018, 03:18:50 PM
there is a Boyle in most counties. Every county has centralised towards one major centre now, There was SFA in either carrick or Roscommon town growing up but both are now dominating roscommon and Leitrim to the detriment of all smaller towns
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: seafoid on April 12, 2018, 03:29:54 PM



The area between Connolly station and Croke Park in Dublin. I don't think any economic progress ever reached the most disadvantaged streels.  It turns up in the mortality statistics.
Rural areas can be poor but they have a lot of psychological advantages over disadvantaged urban areas.

Sociologists divide disadvantaged people into the advantaged of the disadvantaged and the disadvantaged of the disadvantaged. When there is a mixture the community can make progress. If the advantaged leave the community is often fucked.

Quite true that this area is behind other places. But it is not true that it hasn't progressed, you only have to look at the number of cars parked there nowadays. Anyone who remembers the 80s or who has seen film from before that time can see progress, even if this area is still behind other places.
Prison occupancy is predominantly from 3 areas in Dublin and that is one of them. Drug deaths too.
Cars may belong to outsiders.
By age 18 rural kids are in a faraway earning league compared to most deprived locals. By age 60 ŗ lot of those Dubs will be dead.
Vincent Browne used to write about mortality differentials.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: ned on April 12, 2018, 03:38:43 PM
It would be very hard to look past Larne.
Is Larne really that bad?  Just seems like an easy option in threads like this.  No worse than other provincial towns imo.  Was there relatively recently and didn't seemed to be that many vacant retails outlets etc.  What do people expect from a small town?

Larne is like a lot of northern towns, dragged down by the continuing sectarian undercurrent. It's a decent enough looking place with a great promenade and tidy town centre.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Maroon Manc on April 12, 2018, 03:41:22 PM
An early nomination for Kiltimagh. Looks dank even when passing straight through, then the narrowness of the side streets taking you to Knock and Kilkelly.
Kiltimagh isn't that bad imo. The town is well taken care of and doesn't feel as run down as say Charlestown.

Limerick has a massive problem with Moyross that it ignored for decades but which grew like a cancer. The community is traumatised by violence and beyond the reach of conventional solutions. Even middle class areas of the city have been impacted by the failures of the State to control the breakdown in Moyross.

Parts of Dublin are also desperate kips.

There's certainly a few more run down towns in East Mayo/Roscommon than Charlestown.

Charlestown is typical of a lot of small west of Ireland town. Luckily for it, it did not have a ridiculous amount of new house built during boon days, that would be still empty.

Not turning this into a political thread, but IMO It is mind boggling the prior governments and particularly the most recent one for last seven or eight years, led by a Mayoman never went all in for a tax free zone around a three/five/seven mile radius of Ireland west Airport, which is thriving BTW. It could have been his legacy to Mayo, and the real west of Ireland. Also may have inadvertently helped alleviate the current accommodation issues in bigger cities.

Donít mean to hijack this thread, but my understanding is that recovery is still to take full effect in the west/north west.

Agree, the airport has so much potential but unfortunately nobody with any foresight has taken advantage of it.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: nrico2006 on April 12, 2018, 03:51:48 PM
I have lived in and around Strabane, Portstewart, Lurgan and Dungannon in my time and work near Portadown at the minute.  Lurgan is not as bad as its made out to be, got more going for it than Dungannon and Portadown.  Strabane is not as bad either.  I take it posters here haven't been to places like Carrickmore, Newtonstewart, Castlederg, Middletown, Derrynoose, Limavady or Coalisland?
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Orior on April 12, 2018, 03:55:54 PM
I have lived in and around Strabane, Portstewart, Lurgan and Dungannon in my time and work near Portadown at the minute.  Lurgan is not as bad as its made out to be, got more going for it than Dungannon and Portadown.  Strabane is not as bad either.  I take it posters here haven't been to places like Carrickmore, Newtonstewart, Castlederg, Middletown, Derrynoose, Limavady or Coalisland?

There was also a caravan site at the top of the Monagh Bypass in Belfast.

Have you never stayed there? lol. Joking!!!!
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Fionntamhnach on April 12, 2018, 04:11:10 PM
The last time I was in Lurgan, as opposed to say Aghagallon, the Derryhirk or the Loughview Park & Ride, was over ten years ago now when I was there for a friendly match in the heart of the town. Can't remember where exactly but it was in the middle of a housing estate and the pitch had a very "closed in feeling" to it. To be honest when the match was over and the sun was setting, there was an air of "you don't want to be here when it's dark as a stranger on your own" the same way that going up to a game in Strabane could also give (for those not familiar, up there to get to the Strabane Sigersons ground you have to go right through the heart of the Ballycolman estate. And that was the only way to get there unless you fancied treading through the River Mourne!). Maybe like Strabane things have improved a bit in this regard.

The thing is that unless a place becomes visibly gentrified, and I can attest to this, it's hard for it to shake off having a bad reputation in the eyes of others. Not all places that have a large social/NIHE housing contingent are dreary dodgy sh*tholes in the same way that not all major private housing developments are immune to it. Especially if a significant amount of stock is bought up by BTL's which then let out to a transient group of renters and even some otherwise peaceful, nice estates can suffer from being cookie-cutter, souless places with no character with a lot of Stepford Wives or where they barely know their neighbours if they know their names in the first place.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: trailer on April 12, 2018, 04:51:21 PM
I have lived in and around Strabane, Portstewart, Lurgan and Dungannon in my time and work near Portadown at the minute.  Lurgan is not as bad as its made out to be, got more going for it than Dungannon and Portadown.  Strabane is not as bad either.  I take it posters here haven't been to places like Carrickmore, Newtonstewart, Castlederg, Middletown, Derrynoose, Limavady or Coalisland?

An utter shitehole. Full of travellers, 10p RA men and benefits cheats. No-one from Coalisland admits to being from it they all say Edendork.
Traffic in the town is a nightmare as Parking Attendants give it a wide berth due to ongoing intimidation.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Tubberman on April 12, 2018, 04:51:28 PM
Boyle would fit the bill for a town that is dying on its feet, a fine market town of the 70s but its a scary sight now not least the monstrosity in the middle of the town the Royal Hotel
It's a sad sight driving through it alright.
I'm afraid towns like that had their day when people shopped local and there were loads of small farmers with nothing other than a bike or horse and cart.
Also there was "the book" which you paid off on fair day if all went well.
Now the only shops doing well in small towns are ones where you can park a car.
Dont know what their future is - demolish a street or 2 and move the surviving businesses into one street?

Genuinely is very, very sad to drive through these small (and some fairly decent sized) towns that were thriving, or at least holding their own, not so long ago - now decaying, neglected, dying, with seemingly nothing that can be done to save them.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: GetOverTheBar on April 12, 2018, 05:05:44 PM
I have lived in and around Strabane, Portstewart, Lurgan and Dungannon in my time and work near Portadown at the minute.  Lurgan is not as bad as its made out to be, got more going for it than Dungannon and Portadown.  Strabane is not as bad either.  I take it posters here haven't been to places like Carrickmore, Newtonstewart, Castlederg, Middletown, Derrynoose, Limavady or Coalisland?

An utter shitehole. Full of travellers, 10p RA men and benefits cheats. No-one from Coalisland admits to being from it they all say Edendork.
Traffic in the town is a nightmare as Parking Attendants give it a wide berth due to ongoing intimidation.

To be fair they've done some job with the eye sole of the old barracks. Unrecognisable these days.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: michaelg on April 12, 2018, 05:08:54 PM
I have lived in and around Strabane, Portstewart, Lurgan and Dungannon in my time and work near Portadown at the minute.  Lurgan is not as bad as its made out to be, got more going for it than Dungannon and Portadown.  Strabane is not as bad either.  I take it posters here haven't been to places like Carrickmore, Newtonstewart, Castlederg, Middletown, Derrynoose, Limavady or Coalisland?

An utter shitehole. Full of travellers, 10p RA men and benefits cheats. No-one from Coalisland admits to being from it they all say Edendork.
Traffic in the town is a nightmare as Parking Attendants give it a wide berth due to ongoing intimidation.

To be fair they've done some job with the eye sole of the old barracks. Unrecognisable these days.
Smell of shite though?
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Harold Disgracey on April 12, 2018, 05:23:28 PM
I have lived in and around Strabane, Portstewart, Lurgan and Dungannon in my time and work near Portadown at the minute.  Lurgan is not as bad as its made out to be, got more going for it than Dungannon and Portadown.  Strabane is not as bad either.  I take it posters here haven't been to places like Carrickmore, Newtonstewart, Castlederg, Middletown, Derrynoose, Limavady or Coalisland?

Whatís wrong with Derrynoose? Itís got a shop, a pub, a chapel, a good primary school and the club even has a 3G pitch. And best of all itís 4 miles from Keady!
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Gmac on April 12, 2018, 06:10:41 PM
Remember driving through bush mills one time didnít look like it was a very welcoming place ,anyone any experiences  there
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: north_antrim_hound on April 12, 2018, 06:12:40 PM
Remember driving through bush mills one time didnít look like it was a very welcoming place ,anyone any experiences  there

And the winner is Gmac
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: ned on April 12, 2018, 06:34:36 PM
Remember driving through bush mills one time didnít look like it was a very welcoming place ,anyone any experiences  there

And the winner is Gmac

Worked there occasionally years ago. Let's just say the locals didnt travel far.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Eamonnca1 on April 12, 2018, 07:08:57 PM
in the heart of the town. Can't remember where exactly but it was in the middle of a housing estate and the pitch had a very "closed in feeling" to it. To be honest when the match was over and the sun was setting, there was an air of "you don't want to be here when it's dark as a stranger on your own" the same way that going up to a game in Strabane could also give (for those not familiar, up there to get to the Strabane Sigersons ground you have to go right through the heart of the Ballycolman estate.

Sounds like Clann Eireann Park which is in the middle of the Kilwilke estate. You'd be safe enough there. William St at 1:00am at the weekend though, that's another matter. Lot of drunkenness in the street and not a lot of law enforcement to keep a lid on things.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: OgraAnDun on April 12, 2018, 08:11:48 PM
I have lived in and around Strabane, Portstewart, Lurgan and Dungannon in my time and work near Portadown at the minute.  Lurgan is not as bad as its made out to be, got more going for it than Dungannon and Portadown.  Strabane is not as bad either.  I take it posters here haven't been to places like Carrickmore, Newtonstewart, Castlederg, Middletown, Derrynoose, Limavady or Coalisland?

Whatís wrong with Derrynoose? Itís got a shop, a pub, a chapel, a good primary school and the club even has a 3G pitch. And best of all itís 4 miles from Keady!

Probably what got it nominated.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: JimStynes on April 12, 2018, 08:33:20 PM
Do a lot of gypsies live in or around Keady? Iíve went through it a few times on the bike and it always seemed a bit of a kip.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: tonto1888 on April 12, 2018, 09:15:23 PM
Don't get the hate for Granard, seems a typical midland town. I'd see Moate as much more depressing. "The Derg" was always a shithole.
Don't mind Clones either, small dying border towns are ten a penny.

We could actually do a border town thread on its on. Swadlinbar, Pettigo, Killtyclougher, Derrygonnelly, all towns that a strong wind would toss.

The most sensible answer was the remark that a meteorite could wipe Lurgan, Portadown and Craigavon off the face of the planet and the world would be a better place. A piss-stain on the face of Ireland.

Your last paragraph is a load of bollocks
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: The Caddy on April 12, 2018, 09:19:32 PM
Do a lot of gypsies live in or around Keady? Iíve went through it a few times on the bike and it always seemed a bit of a kip.

A few gypsies alright but not so many travellers....If you thought Keady was bad count your blessings you didnít reach Darkley a mile or two further out the road.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: manfromdelmonte on April 12, 2018, 09:56:13 PM
Remember driving through bush mills one time didnít look like it was a very welcoming place ,anyone any experiences  there
got a brilliant fish and chips there with the missus one time

I don't think it was a 'green' business as we got some quare looks with the southern reg car
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: trileacman on April 12, 2018, 10:03:56 PM
I think people are getting a bit too touchy about the thread. Fermgael said my hometown of Trillick was a shit-hole and in his opinion he mightnít be wrong itís not exactly a thriving commercial centre but if you live and were reared around it youíd have a greater gra for the place. Weíre not stating facts weíre just arguing points and opinions.

I said lurgan/portadown/craigavon was a shithole and there have been some very good arguments against that. Thatís the correct reaction to have, not huffing about the thread like a child. As someone said Iíve never lived in the area but I never got the sense of community from the area.

Also thereís a link between being seen as a shithole and being a loyalist hole. Itís a factor of northern society that doesnít exist in the south and it contributes hugely to a place being a shithole. The flags, paraphernalia etc is very unwelcoming and it rings true for republican areas too. Enniskillen is a grand Wee town and itís greatest asset is itís lakes and bridges. Unfortunately thereís an area of the bypass adorned with republican flags and graffiti in a council estate, as a catholic itís no affront to me but i always find it tacky and unsightly as the flags become worn and the crudely daubed graffiti fades.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Minder on April 12, 2018, 10:05:18 PM
Remember driving through bush mills one time didnít look like it was a very welcoming place ,anyone any experiences  there
got a brilliant fish and chips there with the missus one time

I don't think it was a 'green' business as we got some quare looks with the southern reg car

Itís a black hole, Dervock would be worse again
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Eamonnca1 on April 12, 2018, 10:12:53 PM
I don't have a problem with the thread, I just think it's interesting to see how many people don't see the good stuff they see every day. Familiarity breeds contempt and all that. Last time I visited Lurgan I brought my intended with me and she thought it was great.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: hardstation on April 12, 2018, 10:17:44 PM
Articlave.

Prize please.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Harold Disgracey on April 12, 2018, 10:19:29 PM
I was born in Lurgan, was raised in Portadown and now live in Derrynoose. Lucky me!
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: general_lee on April 13, 2018, 02:05:17 AM
I don't have a problem with the thread, I just think it's interesting to see how many people don't see the good stuff they see every day. Familiarity breeds contempt and all that. Last time I visited Lurgan I brought my intended with me and she thought it was great.
In my experience, a lot of people think Lurgan is a mainly unionist town (which it isnít - 60%+ green) and are surprised to learn that itís not. They also think the only nationalists that live in the town are in Kilwilke (which they arenít). Lurgan also gets interchanged with Craigavon in the media, so sometimes in the news when someone is shot in Craigavon, arson attack etc they use the ďsuch and such areaĒ of ďLurganĒ when itís really Craigavon. Craigavon itself has transformed in the last 20, even 10 years and is a really decent place to live.

Portadown Iím afraid is a complete dive. No hope for that town or itís inhabitants. The sooner a wall is built around it the better  ;)
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Gmac on April 13, 2018, 03:12:30 AM
Remember driving through bush mills one time didnít look like it was a very welcoming place ,anyone any experiences  there
got a brilliant fish and chips there with the missus one time

I don't think it was a 'green' business as we got some quare looks with the southern reg car

Itís a black hole, Dervock would be worse again
was on the way to the giants causeway and was going to pull in for a  bit of lunch but the look of the locals on the street turned me off  , went on to another town later in the day Ballycastle and it was a very nice friendly place
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Dougal Maguire on April 13, 2018, 11:49:40 AM
Kilkeel should have a thread of its own. The place is oozing with potential. The gateway to the Mournes. You go this morning to a similar place in the Lake District and itíll be buzzing with walking groups and other tourists heading for the hills. Kilkeel deserves everything it gets
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Rossfan on April 13, 2018, 12:01:28 PM
Allowing for possible bias if some posters but it seems Unionist dominated towns are basically mired in backward nothingness?
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Minder on April 13, 2018, 12:04:51 PM
Remember driving through bush mills one time didnít look like it was a very welcoming place ,anyone any experiences  there
got a brilliant fish and chips there with the missus one time

I don't think it was a 'green' business as we got some quare looks with the southern reg car

Itís a black hole, Dervock would be worse again
was on the way to the giants causeway and was going to pull in for a  bit of lunch but the look of the locals on the street turned me off  , went on to another town later in the day Ballycastle and it was a very nice friendly place

Yeah Ballycastle is a nice town
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: north_antrim_hound on April 13, 2018, 12:11:17 PM
Remember driving through bush mills one time didnít look like it was a very welcoming place ,anyone any experiences  there
got a brilliant fish and chips there with the missus one time

I don't think it was a 'green' business as we got some quare looks with the southern reg car

Ballycastle is a nice place for sure and ditto regarding dervock I remember the small chapel outside dervock the locals protested outside during all the parades commission rulings a while back. Stopped people going in to mass
If you looking for an inbred redneck town then up here is take your pick
The sort of place when you walk into the local pub, The pool balls stop rolling on the table





Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: 93-DY-SAM on April 13, 2018, 12:11:40 PM
Allowing for possible bias if some posters but it seems Unionist dominated towns are basically mired in backward nothingness?

What else would you expect when that is generally the very definition of Unionism in the wee 6.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: north_antrim_hound on April 13, 2018, 12:24:57 PM
Allowing for possible bias if some posters but it seems Unionist dominated towns are basically mired in backward nothingness?

What else would you expect when that is generally the very definition of Unionism in the wee 6.

north Antrim demographics would lend itself to that theory. But letís get one thing straight now this is only a generalisation I know plenty of unionists from around me who are decent enough people and are quite entitled to their constitutional ideology. Never met anyone like that from bushmills,dervock all the same, canít think of a good thing to say about them.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Farrandeelin on April 13, 2018, 12:40:42 PM
Boyle would fit the bill for a town that is dying on its feet, a fine market town of the 70s but its a scary sight now not least the monstrosity in the middle of the town the Royal Hotel
It's a sad sight driving through it alright.
I'm afraid towns like that had their day when people shopped local and there were loads of small farmers with nothing other than a bike or horse and cart.
Also there was "the book" which you paid off on fair day if all went well.
Now the only shops doing well in small towns are ones where you can park a car.
Dont know what their future is - demolish a street or 2 and move the surviving businesses into one street?

Genuinely is very, very sad to drive through these small (and some fairly decent sized) towns that were thriving, or at least holding their own, not so long ago - now decaying, neglected, dying, with seemingly nothing that can be done to save them.

Don't worry. The govt has a 'plan' for rural Ireland ::).

I cannot see the plan succeeding especially when all the other governments have failed.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: brokencrossbar1 on April 13, 2018, 12:49:06 PM
As you come in country from Ballycastle places like Mosside and Dervock would scare the f**k out ofnyiunif you didnít know what was going on. Horrible places
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: randomusername on April 13, 2018, 12:52:37 PM
As you come in country from Ballycastle places like Mosside and Dervock would scare the f**k out ofnyiunif you didnít know what was going on. Horrible places

What's so bad about them? Just curious, don't doubt they're dumps.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Tyrdub on April 13, 2018, 01:11:03 PM
As you come in country from Ballycastle places like Mosside and Dervock would scare the f**k out ofnyiunif you didnít know what was going on. Horrible places

What's so bad about them? Just curious, don't doubt they're dumps.

lets just say they wouldn't be very accommodating to people who like the Pope. There never has, nor never will be,  a GAA team in Dervock or Mosside
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: brokencrossbar1 on April 13, 2018, 01:13:43 PM
As you come in country from Ballycastle places like Mosside and Dervock would scare the f**k out ofnyiunif you didnít know what was going on. Horrible places

What's so bad about them? Just curious, don't doubt they're dumps.

lets just say they wouldn't be very accommodating to people who like the Pope. There never has, nor never will be,  a GAA team in Dervock or Mosside

Not just that....they are very dreary and depressing places. They just drip with small minded judgmental attitudes .... says i who has just judged them!!!
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: north_antrim_hound on April 13, 2018, 01:22:55 PM
http://www.tartansauthority.com/global-scots/us-scots-history/hillbillies-and-rednecks/

Just in case some posters donít know where the words ďred neckĒ and ďhillbillyĒ in the USA originate from. If you visit the aforementioned towns you will see some correlation and residents character.
Itís really striking   
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: brokencrossbar1 on April 13, 2018, 01:26:59 PM
http://www.tartansauthority.com/global-scots/us-scots-history/hillbillies-and-rednecks/

Just in case some posters donít know where the words ďred neckĒ and ďhillbillyĒ in the USA originate from. If you visit the aforementioned towns you will see some correlation and residents character.
Itís really striking

You could just imagine a local bairn on a banjo a la Deliverance Iíd you went for a stroll through Mosside!
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: north_antrim_hound on April 13, 2018, 01:33:00 PM
http://www.tartansauthority.com/global-scots/us-scots-history/hillbillies-and-rednecks/

Just in case some posters donít know where the words ďred neckĒ and ďhillbillyĒ in the USA originate from. If you visit the aforementioned towns you will see some correlation and residents character.
Itís really striking

You could just imagine a local bairn on a banjo a la Deliverance Iíd you went for a stroll through Mosside!

I was going to mention moss side has one of the highest incest rates in Europe but I canít find the source again so letís leave it to speculation.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: brokencrossbar1 on April 13, 2018, 01:33:56 PM
http://www.tartansauthority.com/global-scots/us-scots-history/hillbillies-and-rednecks/

Just in case some posters donít know where the words ďred neckĒ and ďhillbillyĒ in the USA originate from. If you visit the aforementioned towns you will see some correlation and residents character.
Itís really striking

You could just imagine a local bairn on a banjo a la Deliverance Iíd you went for a stroll through Mosside!

I was going to mention moss side has one of the highest incest rates in Europe but I canít find the source again so letís leave it to speculation.

Good educated guess even without a source  ;D
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: JoG2 on April 13, 2018, 01:42:31 PM
As you come in country from Ballycastle places like Mosside and Dervock would scare the f**k out ofnyiunif you didnít know what was going on. Horrible places

What's so bad about them? Just curious, don't doubt they're dumps.

lets just say they wouldn't be very accommodating to people who like the Pope. There never has, nor never will be,  a GAA team in Dervock or Mosside

Big butcher's apron flying proud in the primary schools playground all year 'round
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Bisbee on April 13, 2018, 03:01:50 PM
Has a populace who share the same charming characteristics as the bug eyed bigots who populate the Southern US, albeit not quite as sophisticated.

I suspect careful analysis would show the average gun-owing, bile-spewing US redneck would be able to trace their mitochondrial DNA not to the African rift valley, but instead to Mosside.  A place set apart from the rest of humanity
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: AZOffaly on April 13, 2018, 04:17:32 PM
Bisbee? That's an unusual name. I remember a Bisbee, Arizona I visited years ago :)
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Itchy on April 13, 2018, 04:19:11 PM
Granard is not quite the shithole it used to be.

Co Longford though deserves a place on this list.

Co Tyrone would not have been on my lists previously but all the country and western and line dancing is sickening my hole lately and if that doesnt make a place a shit hole I dont know what does.

Winner in Cavan has to be Cootehill.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Bisbee on April 13, 2018, 04:41:47 PM
Bisbee? That's an unusual name. I remember a Bisbee, Arizona I visited years ago :)

Know it well. Higher elevation made it bit of an escape from the heat.  Copper Queen Hotel popular haunt for a cool brew.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: ONeill on April 13, 2018, 07:16:36 PM
Aghagallon.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: weareros on April 13, 2018, 07:55:40 PM
there is a Boyle in most counties. Every county has centralised towards one major centre now, There was SFA in either carrick or Roscommon town growing up but both are now dominating roscommon and Leitrim to the detriment of all smaller towns

Think Boyle is a lovely town, and has got Lough Key and Boyle Abbey as lovely attractions, a very scenic drive through the Curlews, and nearby Carrowkeel in Sligo which I think is one of the hidden wonders of Ireland. I would unfortunately have to nominate my own hometown Ballaghaderreen as a bit of a shithole. It's very disappointing to see all the empty beer cans and rubbish thrown on the sides of roads around the outskirts although in town itself tidy towns people have done wonderful work. I think the business community have also a lot to answer for buying up and keeping shopfronts closed and then some awful estates were built during the Celtic tiger era. There was recently a vision to build a greenway through the old railway route but the townspeople passed on it. Loughglynn too is another sad looking place.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Rossfan on April 13, 2018, 08:53:50 PM
Good to see a Ballagh man who supports his own County team ;D
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: ziggy90 on April 13, 2018, 09:36:52 PM
there is a Boyle in most counties. Every county has centralised towards one major centre now, There was SFA in either carrick or Roscommon town growing up but both are now dominating roscommon and Leitrim to the detriment of all smaller towns

Think Boyle is a lovely town, and has got Lough Key and Boyle Abbey as lovely attractions, a very scenic drive through the Curlews, and nearby Carrowkeel in Sligo which I think is one of the hidden wonders of Ireland. I would unfortunately have to nominate my own hometown Ballaghaderreen as a bit of a shithole. It's very disappointing to see all the empty beer cans and rubbish thrown on the sides of roads around the outskirts although in town itself tidy towns people have done wonderful work. I think the business community have also a lot to answer for buying up and keeping shopfronts closed and then some awful estates were built during the Celtic tiger era. There was recently a vision to build a greenway through the old railway route but the townspeople passed on it. Loughglynn too is another sad looking place.

The Celtic Tiger didn't serve Lisacul too well either?
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: illdecide on April 13, 2018, 09:52:01 PM
Aghagallon.

Full of inbreeding, some of them feckers have three eyes. All big bastids too, they thought they could try the Germans philosophy and breed the ultimate human being and then turn them into good GAA players ::)

FFS Hannon GAA, Hannon Transport, Hannon Railways, Hannon Engineering, Hannon Fruit & Veg, Hannon breeding...etc and thats just one family. Don't start me on the Lavery's
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: ONeill on April 13, 2018, 10:52:56 PM
The Laverys and the Kerrs. Bastids.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: GalwayBayBoy on April 14, 2018, 02:10:26 AM
there is a Boyle in most counties. Every county has centralised towards one major centre now, There was SFA in either carrick or Roscommon town growing up but both are now dominating roscommon and Leitrim to the detriment of all smaller towns

Boyle probably suffers from not being in the commuter belt to an urban centre. A place like Tuam would have been on this list 20/25 years ago but even Tuam has become gentrified to a certain extent by being a commuter town to Galway city. A commuter town will get facilities and new businesses opening. Boyle is almost midpoint between Galway, Athlone and Sligo.

That said it is far from alone. The midlands seems to get a very bad rap as far as shit towns goes. My own theory is because so many people used to pass through these towns on various bus journeys they notice how run down many of them are.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: whitey on April 14, 2018, 03:27:30 AM
there is a Boyle in most counties. Every county has centralised towards one major centre now, There was SFA in either carrick or Roscommon town growing up but both are now dominating roscommon and Leitrim to the detriment of all smaller towns

Boyle probably suffers from not being in the commuter belt to an urban centre. A place like Tuam would have been on this list 20/25 years ago but even Tuam has become gentrified to a certain extent by being a commuter town to Galway city. A commuter town will get facilities and new businesses opening. Boyle is almost midpoint between Galway, Athlone and Sligo.

That said it is far from alone. The midlands seems to get a very bad rap as far as shit towns goes. My own theory is because so many people used to pass through these towns on various bus journeys they notice how run down many of them are.

Growing up in Mayo long before the Celtic Tiger, certain towns were (horribly)  labelled as "tinkertowns".....Tuam, Ballinrobe, Swinford and Ballina all shared that label for many years.

I stopped in Tuam last Summer on the way through on the N17 and things did look on the up and up. I got a lovely latte in the shop on the right hand side as you hit north out of town
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Farrandeelin on April 14, 2018, 08:56:16 AM
there is a Boyle in most counties. Every county has centralised towards one major centre now, There was SFA in either carrick or Roscommon town growing up but both are now dominating roscommon and Leitrim to the detriment of all smaller towns

Boyle probably suffers from not being in the commuter belt to an urban centre. A place like Tuam would have been on this list 20/25 years ago but even Tuam has become gentrified to a certain extent by being a commuter town to Galway city. A commuter town will get facilities and new businesses opening. Boyle is almost midpoint between Galway, Athlone and Sligo.

That said it is far from alone. The midlands seems to get a very bad rap as far as shit towns goes. My own theory is because so many people used to pass through these towns on various bus journeys they notice how run down many of them are.

The motorways, godsends and all that they are (for us living so far away from one) must be killing midland towns.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: redzone on April 14, 2018, 10:46:43 AM
Trillick.
Literally nothing going for it.

Wasn't it  Trillick in the 70/80s was that used to joke that they would beat the Fermanagh team. I'd say the current reds would as well
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: grounded on April 14, 2018, 12:58:01 PM
Kilkeel in County Down is the most depressing town in Ireland. 
It has everything going for it, It should be the Carlingford of the North.  It is picturesquely situated where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea.  It gets the beautiful evening sun on nearby sandy beaches.  The Silent Valley and Spelga Dam are nearby.  It's got a harbour, and a lovely river running through it.
However the town is a complete shithole thanks to the narrowminded sectarian bitterness of most of its unionist bigwigs.  The town is decked out like Nuremberg in 1936.  Para flags, painted kerbstones, UVF flegs are all over the place.  An intimidating sight to any visitors and a depressing existence for ALL of its residents.

Full agreement here on that with an honourable mention for Rathfriland and Moneyslane which have many of the same attributes as Kilkeel.
         Sad and mostly self afflicted. Passing through Warrenpoint, Rostrevor and Killowen, it's as if you have passed through a metaphorical black hole in time before arriving in Ballymartin,  Annalong(festooned in flegs but not quite as bad) and then the bustling seaside town of Newcastle.
          They did some town improvements a few years ago which involved new paving and taller lampposts but that just allowed for 2 flegs instead of 1. Interesting array of them along with the normal you have YCV, uvf, para and Israeli! Not sure why the Israeli flags are there?
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: JimStynes on April 14, 2018, 01:05:03 PM
The Laverys and the Kerrs. Bastids.
The blow in from Lurgan who is married into the Laveryís?
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Targetman on April 14, 2018, 01:18:57 PM
I think Rathfriland deserves more than an honourable mention, its a dump!!
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Denn Forever on April 14, 2018, 01:19:17 PM
Quote
Not sure why the Israeli flags are there?

Solidarity with another oppressed majority.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: armaghniac on April 14, 2018, 01:23:48 PM
I nominated Rathfriland in the previous thread and see no need for an upgrade.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: north_antrim_hound on April 14, 2018, 02:50:57 PM
Right thatís enough nominations
Time for a shortlist everyone pick one town from your county
And than some voting
For Antrim I nominate Moss side

Antrim-mossside
Down-
Derry
Armagh
Tyrone
Fermanagh
Monaghan
Cavan

Ulster champs make it through to nationals
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: north_antrim_hound on April 14, 2018, 03:11:59 PM
Right thatís enough nominations
Time for a shortlist everyone pick one town from your county
And than some voting
For Antrim I nominate Moss side

Antrim-mossside
Down-
Derry
Armagh
Tyrone
Fermanagh
Monaghan
Cavan

Ulster champs make it through to nationals

Tyrone - coaisland. hands down
Fermanagh - toss up between lisbellaw and irvinestown

Well put it beside respective county and re post new list
But their should be a plausible explanation for your selection
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Eamonnca1 on April 14, 2018, 09:17:21 PM
For Armagh I nominate Portadown.
Antrim - Harryville in Ballymena (where they picketed that chapel over the Dunloy parade)
Down - Ballynahinch (No Pope, no pinch, no Paddy's Day, in the town of Ballynahinch, they say)
Dublin - That place you walk through from Connelly Station to Croke Park, the place with the flats that look like prisons.
Other counties, no opinion.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Syferus on April 14, 2018, 09:45:39 PM
For Armagh I nominate Portadown.
Antrim - Harryville in Ballymena (where they picketed that chapel over the Dunloy parade)
Down - Ballynahinch (No Pope, no pinch, no Paddy's Day, in the town of Ballynahinch, they say)
Dublin - That place you walk through from Connelly Station to Croke Park, the place with the flats that look like prisons.
Other counties, no opinion.

I still think that this thread is stupid but the idea that part of Dublin City is remarkably bad is coming from people who either donít know a lot of the city or have never lived in the city, one or the other. Thereís much more delapadated and poverty-stricken parts of Dublin.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: BennyCake on April 14, 2018, 11:46:44 PM
Lisburn is Antrims pick for me. It's like living in 17th century middle England. As I said before: a bigoted hellhole.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Orchard park on April 14, 2018, 11:59:00 PM
For Armagh I nominate Portadown.
Antrim - Harryville in Ballymena (where they picketed that chapel over the Dunloy parade)
Down - Ballynahinch (No Pope, no pinch, no Paddy's Day, in the town of Ballynahinch, they say)
Dublin - That place you walk through from Connelly Station to Croke Park, the place with the flats that look like prisons.
Other counties, no opinion.

I still think that this thread is stupid but the idea that part of Dublin City is remarkably bad is coming from people who either donít know a lot of the city or have never lived in the city, one or the other. Thereís much more delapadated and poverty-stricken parts of Dublin.

Syf,  which are the worse areas of Dublin than the North innercity  listed above ???
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: hardstation on April 15, 2018, 12:15:19 AM
Around James St (and I imagine further into The Liberties) is rough enough too.
Some outlying areas such as Ballymun & Kilbarrack arenít places youíd want to be knocking about either.
Around Croke Park is a kip though. And itís strange as building a massive stadium has a positive impact on the local community and is an immediate catalyst for regeneration and investment. Generally, the surrounding area becomes a hotbed of GAA (almost overnight) as well. Croke Park is probably just a one off.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Rossfan on April 15, 2018, 12:36:27 AM
Roscommon's biggest kip = Ballinlough. Runner up Ballaghaderreen.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Capt Pat on April 15, 2018, 12:47:53 AM
Right thatís enough nominations
Time for a shortlist everyone pick one town from your county
And than some voting
For Antrim I nominate Moss side

Antrim-mossside
Down-
Derry
Armagh
Tyrone
Fermanagh
Monaghan
Cavan

Ulster champs make it through to nationals

You forgot Donegal. Are there not any kips in Donegal.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: shantygael on April 15, 2018, 01:03:02 AM
Right thatís enough nominations
Time for a shortlist everyone pick one town from your county
And than some voting
For Antrim I nominate Moss side

Antrim-mossside
Down-
Derry
Armagh
Tyrone
Fermanagh
Monaghan
Cavan

Ulster champs make it through to nationals

You forgot Donegal. Are there not any kips in Donegal.
Toss up between ballyshannon and bundoran
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: north_antrim_hound on April 15, 2018, 01:59:40 AM
Right thatís enough nominations
Time for a shortlist everyone pick one town from your county
And than some voting
For Antrim I nominate Moss side

Antrim-mossside
Down-
Derry
Armagh
Tyrone
Fermanagh
Monaghan
Cavan

Ulster champs make it through to nationals

You forgot Donegal. Are there not any kips in Donegal.

Been all over Donegal not a bad town in it
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: seafoid on April 15, 2018, 07:30:55 AM
Right thatís enough nominations
Time for a shortlist everyone pick one town from your county
And than some voting
For Antrim I nominate Moss side

Antrim-mossside
Down-
Derry
Armagh
Tyrone
Fermanagh
Monaghan
Cavan

Ulster champs make it through to nationals

You forgot Donegal. Are there not any kips in Donegal.

Been all over Donegal not a bad town in it
Bundoran
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: nrico2006 on April 15, 2018, 10:12:56 AM
Right thatís enough nominations
Time for a shortlist everyone pick one town from your county
And than some voting
For Antrim I nominate Moss side

Antrim-mossside
Down-
Derry
Armagh
Tyrone
Fermanagh
Monaghan
Cavan

Ulster champs make it through to nationals

You forgot Donegal. Are there not any kips in Donegal.

Been all over Donegal not a bad town in it
Bundoran

Never been to Lifford, Carrigart, Raphoe or Convoy?
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: BennyCake on April 15, 2018, 10:43:50 AM
Always thought Carrigart a nice wee spot.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: ONeill on April 15, 2018, 06:54:21 PM
The Laverys and the Kerrs. Bastids.
The blow in from Lurgan who is married into the Laveryís?

The very one.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: illdecide on April 15, 2018, 08:47:41 PM
The Laverys and the Kerrs. Bastids.
The blow in from Lurgan who is married into the Laveryís?

The very one.

You'll find Lavery's marrying Lavery's... ;D
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: general_lee on April 16, 2018, 12:23:58 AM
Right thatís enough nominations
Time for a shortlist everyone pick one town from your county
And than some voting
For Antrim I nominate Moss side

Antrim-mossside
Down-
Derry
Armagh
Tyrone
Fermanagh
Monaghan
Cavan

Ulster champs make it through to nationals

You forgot Donegal. Are there not any kips in Donegal.

Been all over Donegal not a bad town in it
Bundoran

Never been to Lifford, Carrigart, Raphoe or Convoy?
Letterkenny is a bit of shithole. Always fights every weekend and some scumbags running about it
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Fionntamhnach on April 16, 2018, 07:53:02 AM
OK, so after a few days from starting the thread, I've decided to put up a poll based on the nominations made over the last 11 pages. Clearly members of this forum think that quite a few spots in Ireland, north & south, are sh*tholes with over 60 places nominated. Some places received multiple nominations however and so to determine a final list I've drawn it up from those getting at least three nominations, which left it with 13 contenders which is a bit much to put to a final poll so some trimming is needed. Lurgan, Lisburn & Larne, while receiving 3 nominations each, were countered with opinions as to why they are not **that** bad and so have been left off the final list. Also while there were several points made about a lot of parts of the west of Ireland, it's just too vague and too large an area to really nail it down so it too has been left off. That takes it down to 9, and as an executive decision I've decided to merge the nominations of Dervock & Mosside given the short distance between the two places. So that's eight locations on the ballot in somewhat alphabetical order as follows...

...and some footnotes.

* The poll will be open until early on Thursday morning (Irish time) and canvassing is wholly permitted! The winning location shall be awarded the First Annual Anthony Fearon Award For Outstanding Achievement In The Field Of Excellence.

* Also I will take on a suggestion earlier in this thread and forward the posts made here on to Tourism Ireland, Failte Ireland and the NITB so they can hopefully be that little bit better informed about where not to encourage tourists to go for the sake of Ireland's international image.

* Finally, negotiations are currently in progress with the TV3 Group (Ireland) to sell the idea of "Ireland's Biggest Sh*tholes" to be made into a programme or series of programmes. If successful, the money from selling the rights shall all be put towards a massive p*ss-up at a yet to be decided location for all GAAboard posters to be invited to (except those banned by ziggysego and/or Mod3).

Parts of the three paragraphs above you've just read aren't to be taken seriously - but not all of it!  ;)
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Christmas Lights on April 16, 2018, 08:09:14 AM
I vote fintona. I can't swim but I know every dive about there
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Fionntamhnach on April 16, 2018, 08:10:23 AM
I vote fintona. I can't swim but I know every dive about there
Too late.  :P
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: north_antrim_hound on April 16, 2018, 09:39:39 AM
Dervock and mosside

( come on Antrim posters get to the polls I mean keyboard)
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: magpie seanie on April 16, 2018, 09:45:21 AM
Interesting there's no nominations for anywhere south of the Galway/Dublin line. Funny that!
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: seafoid on April 16, 2018, 09:52:12 AM
Interesting there's no nominations for anywhere south of the Galway/Dublin line. Funny that!
Ulster has the majority of nominations.
None of the nominations would be a hurling area either
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: general_lee on April 16, 2018, 10:07:10 AM
Interesting there's no nominations for anywhere south of the Galway/Dublin line. Funny that!
Ulster has the majority of nominations.
None of the nominations would be a hurling area either
Is Dervock not ballycastle territory? Or is it Ballycastle thatís dervock territory?
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Antrim Coaster on April 16, 2018, 11:27:23 AM
http://www.tartansauthority.com/global-scots/us-scots-history/hillbillies-and-rednecks/

Just in case some posters donít know where the words ďred neckĒ and ďhillbillyĒ in the USA originate from. If you visit the aforementioned towns you will see some correlation and residents character.
Itís really striking

You could just imagine a local bairn on a banjo a la Deliverance Iíd you went for a stroll through Mosside!

I was going to mention moss side has one of the highest incest rates in Europe but I canít find the source again so letís leave it to speculation.

I read that myself but it applied to Dervock. Think it was in the 1950's.
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: JimStynes on April 16, 2018, 12:59:39 PM
Interesting there's no nominations for anywhere south of the Galway/Dublin line. Funny that!
Ulster has the majority of nominations.
None of the nominations would be a hurling area either

Most of the gaaboard seems to be from the North. Do the southern lads not have internet or is there another gaa forum out there that the southern ones use?
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Milltown Row2 on April 16, 2018, 01:24:36 PM
Antrim: Carrickfergus and the most of the East antrim villages around Larne, Glynn, Eden, Ballycarry
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Tyrdub on April 16, 2018, 01:47:31 PM
Antrim: Carrickfergus and the most of the East antrim villages around Larne, Glynn, Eden, Ballycarry
+1000
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: laoislad on April 16, 2018, 01:55:53 PM
Interesting there's no nominations for anywhere south of the Galway/Dublin line. Funny that!
Ulster has the majority of nominations.
None of the nominations would be a hurling area either

Most of the gaaboard seems to be from the North. Do the southern lads not have internet or is there another gaa forum out there that the southern ones use?
There is but we're not telling you Nordies about it. You've already ruined this one  ;)
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: lurganblue on April 16, 2018, 03:08:42 PM
It is only right that Portadown should be the inaugural winners of the "Anthony Fearon Award For Outstanding Achievement In The Field Of Excellence".
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Aristo 60 on April 16, 2018, 03:35:54 PM
Like Tiger Roll, I don't think Kilkeel is gonna be caught here!
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: maddog on April 16, 2018, 03:38:41 PM
far from being the worst around but for some reason or another Caledon and Aughnacloy always depressed the hell out of me. But neither a patch on Keady.
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: angermanagement on April 16, 2018, 03:49:53 PM
Garvagh
Dungannon
Newtowanrds
Millisle

Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Farrandeelin on April 16, 2018, 04:03:05 PM
Interesting there's no nominations for anywhere south of the Galway/Dublin line. Funny that!
Ulster has the majority of nominations.
None of the nominations would be a hurling area either

Most of the gaaboard seems to be from the North. Do the southern lads not have internet or is there another gaa forum out there that the southern ones use?

Mayogaablog.
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: ned on April 16, 2018, 04:04:39 PM
Interesting there's no nominations for anywhere south of the Galway/Dublin line. Funny that!
Ulster has the majority of nominations.
None of the nominations would be a hurling area either
Is Dervock not ballycastle territory? Or is it Ballycastle thatís dervock territory?

No!
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: rosnarun on April 17, 2018, 10:51:52 AM
Roscommon's biggest kip = Ballinlough. Runner up Ballaghaderreen.
give it back so if you've fucked it up. it was fine when it was in mayo.
living in the midlands you spoiled for choice .
edenderry  portarlington clara mountrath mountmellick Rathdowney borrisokane take your choice
and regarding Mayo its not somuch that they are shit holle in the sense of being dangerous more they are losing all the young people and to parapharse , President trump the people that are staying are not always the best people, not Criminals or anything but the ambitious one are gone .
i think  the sad fact is the is not much reason for these towns to exist anymore ,
there are no many towns in northmayo but ballycastle killala bangor have all be come place you would have trouble filling an afternoon in, excpt for hard drinking
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Rossfan on April 17, 2018, 11:04:58 AM
I'll ignore your nonsense about turning the clock back to 1897 :D....but you have a point when you say so many small country towns have no real reason to exist any more.
In these motorised days streets of small shops are a throwback to the days of the horse and cart and bicycle and none of those 3 things will be coming back.
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Dougal Maguire on April 17, 2018, 11:10:51 AM
Itís not enough to simply put down the name of a town. I think some brief background to justify the nomination should also be provided
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: north_antrim_hound on April 17, 2018, 11:12:39 AM
Itís not enough to simply put down the name of a town. I think some brief background to justify the nomination should also be provided

Exactly
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Orchard park on April 17, 2018, 11:42:10 AM
what are the criteria as most of the above seems to be % of occupying planters descendents living there
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: seafoid on April 17, 2018, 11:51:50 AM
I'll ignore your nonsense about turning the clock back to 1897 :D....but you have a point when you say so many small country towns have no real reason to exist any more.
In these motorised days streets of small shops are a throwback to the days of the horse and cart and bicycle and none of those 3 things will be coming back.
This is a huge issue. It is about how we organise our society.
To address it properly would require analysing all.the hidden assumptions of the current model which is falling apart.

Houses in Dublin are very expensive. Interest rates are a coiled spring. When neoliberalism collapses life in Ballagh may look quite attractive  . It all comes back to how we value things.

Another thing is the car and rural.towns. You could say that because of the Internet there is no need for the huge centralised bureaucracies that are so common in Dublin.
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Rossfan on April 17, 2018, 12:31:52 PM
I'd say most or  all the "back office" functions of Government Departments and big Private Sector Companies could be done by employees from their own homes anywhere in Ireland.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Jim_Murphy_74 on April 17, 2018, 12:38:01 PM
Roscommon's biggest kip = Ballinlough.

Surely the presence of the Black Donkey Brewery raises it a little?

/Jim.
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: BennyCake on April 17, 2018, 12:52:07 PM
4 unionist towns included. Been to them all, and all are intimidating to outsiders, which is what they want. I'm sure unionists would find republican towns the same.
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: thewobbler on April 17, 2018, 12:53:13 PM
It shows the lack of Derry wans on here these days when Newbuildings  escaped nomination. Even by northern standards it is legendarily shitholic.

Sadly, the wee six is awash with small towns and large villages in which the locals have abandoned character, culture, friendliness and community spirit in favour of shitting on their own nests in case anyone else wants in. Indeed if the ďunionist underclassĒ got their way, I expect their template for the perfect town would be the unrelentingly unwelcoming, cut off from reality by 10 miles and 200 years, shithole that is Comber.

Itís a foul way to live. Usually Iím a balanced person and will try not make it political, but northern shitholery to my eye is a sport absolutely dominated by Protestants. Iíd love to see an equivalent thread from a brethren forum to see if they have a different take.


By the way I voted Kilkeel. As mentioned by its nominator, it is a town of outstanding potential, but one that will never be realised in my lifetime.

Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: mouview on April 17, 2018, 01:01:45 PM
Why didn't Ballinasloe, Edgeworthstown, Mullingar or Ballymote make the cut? There's a rumour that the Walking Dead program makers regularly drive around Ennis with a camera pointed out the window collecting footage for the series.
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: north_antrim_hound on April 17, 2018, 01:13:36 PM
Canít believe dervock and mosside isnít running away with this. The only rational is a lot of people voting for kilkeel have never visited these villages. I have been to all of them and itís a no brainer in my eyes
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: BennyCake on April 17, 2018, 03:03:48 PM
It shows the lack of Derry wans on here these days when Newbuildings  escaped nomination. Even by northern standards it is legendarily shitholic.

Sadly, the wee six is awash with small towns and large villages in which the locals have abandoned character, culture, friendliness and community spirit in favour of shitting on their own nests in case anyone else wants in. Indeed if the ďunionist underclassĒ got their way, I expect their template for the perfect town would be the unrelentingly unwelcoming, cut off from reality by 10 miles and 200 years, shithole that is Comber.

Itís a foul way to live. Usually Iím a balanced person and will try not make it political, but northern shitholery to my eye is a sport absolutely dominated by Protestants. Iíd love to see an equivalent thread from a brethren forum to see if they have a different take.


By the way I voted Kilkeel. As mentioned by its nominator, it is a town of outstanding potential, but one that will never be realised in my lifetime.

Many unionist towns have a pull up the drawbridge mentality, and have been like so for 400 years, never mind 200.

Newbuildings is right. A very dark and sinister hole. I suppose it's a siege (or is it seige? :D) mentality being so close to the border, Strabane and Derry. A bit like Kesh - another hole.
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: AZOffaly on April 17, 2018, 03:17:10 PM
Not sure why Mullingar or Ennis are mentioned.  The criteria for shithole must be strict.

Maybe we should have another thread for Irelands nicest towns.
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Milltown Row2 on April 17, 2018, 03:26:34 PM
Some towns wouldnt have been as bad but for a lot of Belfast ones being bannished to the outer Belfast towns, during feuds

Thats why I believe the likes of Carrikfegus is rotten, it has no catholic towns around it what so ever (so no need to be afraid)  but my god are they super prods!!
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: GetOverTheBar on April 17, 2018, 03:28:51 PM
An honourable mention for Crumlin actually on this - pretty much houses the ones booted out of Belfast. Terrible place altogether and a bit of a war zone when it kicks off.
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Aristo 60 on April 17, 2018, 03:39:04 PM
It shows the lack of Derry wans on here these days when Newbuildings  escaped nomination. Even by northern standards it is legendarily shitholic.

Sadly, the wee six is awash with small towns and large villages in which the locals have abandoned character, culture, friendliness and community spirit in favour of shitting on their own nests in case anyone else wants in. Indeed if the ďunionist underclassĒ got their way, I expect their template for the perfect town would be the unrelentingly unwelcoming, cut off from reality by 10 miles and 200 years, shithole that is Comber.

Itís a foul way to live. Usually Iím a balanced person and will try not make it political, but northern shitholery to my eye is a sport absolutely dominated by Protestants. Iíd love to see an equivalent thread from a brethren forum to see if they have a different take.


By the way I voted Kilkeel. As mentioned by its nominator, it is a town of outstanding potential, but one that will never be realised in my lifetime.

I was in Comber this time last year and was surprised to see it has come on from what I remembered it. It was pre fleg season granted but there has been money spent around the square (Simon Hamilton's DUP office is there) and the cafes seemed to be doing a roaring trade in mamils which gave the impression of some sort of culture beyond what normally passes as culture.

 
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: lurganblue on April 17, 2018, 03:50:03 PM
Eh i provided a balanced view of Portadown. Both sides of the community have contributed to it being a shithole in equal measure.
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: johnnycool on April 17, 2018, 03:56:41 PM
It shows the lack of Derry wans on here these days when Newbuildings  escaped nomination. Even by northern standards it is legendarily shitholic.

Sadly, the wee six is awash with small towns and large villages in which the locals have abandoned character, culture, friendliness and community spirit in favour of shitting on their own nests in case anyone else wants in. Indeed if the ďunionist underclassĒ got their way, I expect their template for the perfect town would be the unrelentingly unwelcoming, cut off from reality by 10 miles and 200 years, shithole that is Comber.

Itís a foul way to live. Usually Iím a balanced person and will try not make it political, but northern shitholery to my eye is a sport absolutely dominated by Protestants. Iíd love to see an equivalent thread from a brethren forum to see if they have a different take.


By the way I voted Kilkeel. As mentioned by its nominator, it is a town of outstanding potential, but one that will never be realised in my lifetime.

I was in Comber this time last year and was surprised to see it has come on from what I remembered it. It was pre fleg season granted but there has been money spent around the square (Simon Hamilton's DUP office is there) and the cafes seemed to be doing a roaring trade in mamils which gave the impression of some sort of culture beyond what normally passes as culture.

Comber like Newtownards are almost indistinguishable from normal places for 9 months of the year, but in those three summer months the council itself seems to take great pride in bedecking the places with various flags and buntings for the great orange fest.
Portavogie on the other hand is like that the year round. What is it with fishing villages?
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Rossfan on April 17, 2018, 03:57:28 PM
Are there any half decent places to live in the 6 Cos?
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: thewobbler on April 17, 2018, 04:14:47 PM
Are there any half decent places to live in the 6 Cos?

While just about every town and village has an undesirable estate or two, thatís hardly a statement peculiar to Northern Ireland.

Hillsborough is reminiscent of a posh English village. Rostrevor is a bit like that too. Iím guessing thereís another half dozen places like this around the monied Ards peninsula. Enniskillen is bit cut off from the world but is a good town. South Belfast is nice. Armagh has a charm about it. Iíve only ever driven through it, but Bangor attracts the Belfast middle classes and has unusually good amenities for a town of its size.

After that youíre into the likes of Lisburn, Newry, Lurgan, Larne, Omagh, and a dozen others, all of which are boring, standard towns, and only a decade of boots up the hole or kicks in the teeth from either being desirable or undesirable.
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: johnnycool on April 17, 2018, 04:19:38 PM
Are there any half decent places to live in the 6 Cos?

While just about every town and village has an undesirable estate or two, thatís hardly a statement peculiar to Northern Ireland.

Hillsborough is reminiscent of a posh English village. Rostrevor is a bit like that too. Iím guessing thereís another half dozen places like this around the monied Ards peninsula. Enniskillen is bit cut off from the world but is a good town. South Belfast is nice. Armagh has a charm about it. Iíve only ever driven through it, but Bangor attracts the Belfast middle classes and has unusually good amenities for a town of its size.

After that youíre into the likes of Lisburn, Newry, Lurgan, Larne, Omagh, and a dozen others, all of which are boring, standard towns, and only a decade of boots up the hole or kicks in the teeth from either being desirable or undesirable.

Where is this fabled place that you speak off again?

Cromwell looked after his own there as well.
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: trueblue1234 on April 17, 2018, 04:37:06 PM
Are there any half decent places to live in the 6 Cos?

Just you stay where you are....
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: thewobbler on April 17, 2018, 04:39:28 PM
Someone from up that part of the world probably wouldnít call it the peninsula, but would Groomspirt and Donaghadee not be monied?

Strangford and Portaferry too? Always struck me as very civilised sorts of places.
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: omochain on April 17, 2018, 04:47:25 PM
Are there any half decent places to live in the 6 Cos?

Keady  ;)
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: JimStynes on April 17, 2018, 04:50:56 PM
An honourable mention for Crumlin actually on this - pretty much houses the ones booted out of Belfast. Terrible place altogether and a bit of a war zone when it kicks off.

A terrible place! I feel sorry for the original Crumlin people who have to put up with the scumbags from Belfast moving in beside them.
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: BennyCake on April 17, 2018, 05:13:18 PM
It shows the lack of Derry wans on here these days when Newbuildings  escaped nomination. Even by northern standards it is legendarily shitholic.

Sadly, the wee six is awash with small towns and large villages in which the locals have abandoned character, culture, friendliness and community spirit in favour of shitting on their own nests in case anyone else wants in. Indeed if the ďunionist underclassĒ got their way, I expect their template for the perfect town would be the unrelentingly unwelcoming, cut off from reality by 10 miles and 200 years, shithole that is Comber.

Itís a foul way to live. Usually Iím a balanced person and will try not make it political, but northern shitholery to my eye is a sport absolutely dominated by Protestants. Iíd love to see an equivalent thread from a brethren forum to see if they have a different take.


By the way I voted Kilkeel. As mentioned by its nominator, it is a town of outstanding potential, but one that will never be realised in my lifetime.

I was in Comber this time last year and was surprised to see it has come on from what I remembered it. It was pre fleg season granted but there has been money spent around the square (Simon Hamilton's DUP office is there) and the cafes seemed to be doing a roaring trade in mamils which gave the impression of some sort of culture beyond what normally passes as culture.

Comber like Newtownards are almost indistinguishable from normal places for 9 months of the year, but in those three summer months the council itself seems to take great pride in bedecking the places with various flags and buntings for the great orange fest.
Portavogie on the other hand is like that the year round. What is it with fishing villages?

It's not just those two that councils take pleasure in sectarian-bedecking. Council money spent on telling Catholics who's the boss, happens in numerous shitholes.
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Rossfan on April 17, 2018, 05:51:21 PM
Are there any half decent places to live in the 6 Cos?

Just you stay where you are....
I certainly intend to!!
Mind you Enniskillen always strikes me as a decent enough sort of place ( except for the shit hole estate in the South Western part anyway)
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Farrandeelin on April 17, 2018, 07:08:11 PM
Are there any half decent places to live in the 6 Cos?

Just you stay where you are....
I certainly intend to!!
Mind you Enniskillen always strikes me as a decent enough sort of place ( except for the shit hole estate in the South Western part anyway)

As far as I know, there's another estate behind the estate that's predominantly 'ussuns'. FermGael will probably tell me I'm wrong though!
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Owenmoresider on April 17, 2018, 09:58:28 PM
Why didn't Ballinasloe, Edgeworthstown, Mullingar or Ballymote make the cut? There's a rumour that the Walking Dead program makers regularly drive around Ennis with a camera pointed out the window collecting footage for the series.
Ah here now, I'm hardly their biggest fan in football terms but that's harsh on the town itself, not perhaps a whole pile going on there but not a place that screams "kip" in comparison to others mentioned here, or on that list of yours.

Have only passed by it once but have heard fairly negative views about Tipperary town.
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Rossfan on April 18, 2018, 01:17:08 AM
Some right yokes emerge from Ballymote from time to time.
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: gawa316 on April 18, 2018, 08:04:28 AM
Are there any half decent places to live in the 6 Cos?

Just you stay where you are....
I certainly intend to!!
Mind you Enniskillen always strikes me as a decent enough sort of place ( except for the shit hole estate in the South Western part anyway)

Coleshill?
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: general_lee on April 18, 2018, 03:15:33 PM
Towns that i have been in (or passed through) that I consider shitholes:
Portadown
Newry
Limavady
Coleraine
Newbuildings
Clough
Much of east Belfast
Newtownhamilton


Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Rossfan on April 18, 2018, 03:22:06 PM
Are there any half decent places to live in the 6 Cos?

Just you stay where you are....
I certainly intend to!!
Mind you Enniskillen always strikes me as a decent enough sort of place ( except for the shit hole estate in the South Western part anyway)

Coleshill?
Yeah I think that's what it's called alright.
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Milltown Row2 on April 18, 2018, 03:24:42 PM
Towns that i have been in (or passed through) that I consider shitholes:
Portadown
Newry
Limavady
Coleraine
Newbuildings
Clough
Much of east Belfast Belfast
Newtownhamilton

Fixed that
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Eamonnca1 on April 18, 2018, 09:04:13 PM
Towns that i have been in (or passed through) that I consider shitholes:
Portadown
Newry
Limavady
Coleraine
Newbuildings
Clough
Much of east Belfast
Newtownhamilton

Newry? WTF have you got against Newry?! Nice people, nice town centre, canal towpaths being done up...
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: shantygael on April 18, 2018, 09:29:38 PM
+1 on limavady,was wondering how long it would take for a mention.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: LaurelEye on April 18, 2018, 10:18:16 PM
Granard is not quite the shithole it used to be.

Granard has a coffee shop now!

A lot of the most "problematic" individuals have departed the town for elsewhere and the Trumra Road has been renovated (The Terrace still looks like Aleppo on a bad day though).

In Longford I would personally nominate Kenagh.
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: general_lee on April 19, 2018, 01:01:17 PM
Towns that i have been in (or passed through) that I consider shitholes:
Portadown
Newry
Limavady
Coleraine
Newbuildings
Clough
Much of east Belfast
Newtownhamilton

Newry? WTF have you got against Newry?! Nice people, nice town centre, canal towpaths being done up...
Newry is one of these places where every road into and out of it is covered in litter. The canal is stinking! Banbridge is a nicer town.

+1 on limavady,was wondering how long it would take for a mention.
Limavady is an awful town, itís more the sectarian element than anything else. f**kers have nothing better to do than paint roundabouts and put flags on anything that doesnít move!
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: JoG2 on April 19, 2018, 02:59:50 PM
Towns that i have been in (or passed through) that I consider shitholes:
Portadown
Newry
Limavady
Coleraine
Newbuildings
Clough
Much of east Belfast
Newtownhamilton

Newry? WTF have you got against Newry?! Nice people, nice town centre, canal towpaths being done up...
Newry is one of these places where every road into and out of it is covered in litter. The canal is stinking! Banbridge is a nicer town.

+1 on limavady,was wondering how long it would take for a mention.
Limavady is an awful town, itís more the sectarian element than anything else. f**kers have nothing better to do than paint roundabouts and put flags on anything that doesnít move!

Have relatives down that direction. Have had many's a good night out in it, but i think the place has suffered badly in recent history with the council rehousing the dregs from the likes of Larne , Antrim etc (Id say a few schillings crossed a few palms ).
Serious pity about the roundabout on the way in from Derry, first impressions and all that. The same p***k (apparently lives a couple of hundred yards down the Magilligan Rd beside it) has painted it again, an awful sight and a pity for the decent folk in the town.
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: seafoid on April 19, 2018, 03:56:21 PM
I think this discussion shows how efficient partition has been in dividing the nation into 2 parts pretty much independent of each other.
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: lurganblue on April 19, 2018, 03:59:00 PM
Towns that i have been in (or passed through) that I consider shitholes:
Portadown
Newry
Limavady
Coleraine
Newbuildings
Clough
Much of east Belfast
Newtownhamilton

Newry? WTF have you got against Newry?! Nice people, nice town centre, canal towpaths being done up...
Newry is one of these places where every road into and out of it is covered in litter. The canal is stinking! Banbridge is a nicer town.

+1 on limavady,was wondering how long it would take for a mention.
Limavady is an awful town, itís more the sectarian element than anything else. f**kers have nothing better to do than paint roundabouts and put flags on anything that doesnít move!

Always quite liked Newry. Plenty about it and it's a decent night out. Canal is stinkin though right enough. Full of shopping trolleys and bikes.
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Milltown Row2 on April 19, 2018, 04:04:19 PM
Towns that i have been in (or passed through) that I consider shitholes:
Portadown
Newry
Limavady
Coleraine
Newbuildings
Clough
Much of east Belfast
Newtownhamilton

Newry? WTF have you got against Newry?! Nice people, nice town centre, canal towpaths being done up...
Newry is one of these places where every road into and out of it is covered in litter. The canal is stinking! Banbridge is a nicer town.

+1 on limavady,was wondering how long it would take for a mention.
Limavady is an awful town, itís more the sectarian element than anything else. f**kers have nothing better to do than paint roundabouts and put flags on anything that doesnít move!

Always quite liked Newry. Plenty about it and it's a decent night out. Canal is stinkin though right enough. Full of shopping trolleys and bikes.

I've swam that canal while doing its Triathlons! never hit any trolleys!!
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: lurganblue on April 19, 2018, 04:06:30 PM
Towns that i have been in (or passed through) that I consider shitholes:
Portadown
Newry
Limavady
Coleraine
Newbuildings
Clough
Much of east Belfast
Newtownhamilton

Newry? WTF have you got against Newry?! Nice people, nice town centre, canal towpaths being done up...
Newry is one of these places where every road into and out of it is covered in litter. The canal is stinking! Banbridge is a nicer town.

+1 on limavady,was wondering how long it would take for a mention.
Limavady is an awful town, itís more the sectarian element than anything else. f**kers have nothing better to do than paint roundabouts and put flags on anything that doesnít move!

Always quite liked Newry. Plenty about it and it's a decent night out. Canal is stinkin though right enough. Full of shopping trolleys and bikes.

I've swam that canal while doing its Triathlons! never hit any trolleys!!

You must have caught it on a good day. Past it every day for almost 2 years going to work. Stinkin
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: oakleaflad on April 19, 2018, 04:06:50 PM
+1 on limavady,was wondering how long it would take for a mention.
On the topic of that area, Ballykelly is never out of the paper for Drugs, Fighting, Court appearances etc. It's a place I never be in but I won't be in any rush.
Title: Re: **VOTING NOW OPEN!! ** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Milltown Row2 on April 19, 2018, 04:08:20 PM
Towns that i have been in (or passed through) that I consider shitholes:
Portadown
Newry
Limavady
Coleraine
Newbuildings
Clough
Much of east Belfast
Newtownhamilton

Newry? WTF have you got against Newry?! Nice people, nice town centre, canal towpaths being done up...
Newry is one of these places where every road into and out of it is covered in litter. The canal is stinking! Banbridge is a nicer town.

+1 on limavady,was wondering how long it would take for a mention.
Limavady is an awful town, itís more the sectarian element than anything else. f**kers have nothing better to do than paint roundabouts and put flags on anything that doesnít move!

Always quite liked Newry. Plenty about it and it's a decent night out. Canal is stinkin though right enough. Full of shopping trolleys and bikes.

I've swam that canal while doing its Triathlons! never hit any trolleys!!

You must have caught it on a good day. Past it every day for almost 2 years going to work. Stinkin

Its done about half a mile before the shopping centre, and its a popular race
Title: Re: **WINNER - KILKEEL!** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Fionntamhnach on April 19, 2018, 04:43:59 PM
With the polls now closed I now declare that the GAAboard posters have decided that the winners of the First Annual Anthony Fearon Award For Outstanding Achievement In The Field Of Excellence with a plurality of all votes cast is...

KILKEEL!

...thanks to everyone who has contributed into finding the Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland for 2018. When polling opened, Kilkeel and the spot between Connolly station and Croke Park in Dublin were the early front runners before Kilkeel started to pull away. Portadown, who originally got the most nominations, had a late surge to take second place to overtake "Connolly Station <-> Croke Park" with Dervock & Mosside hanging in there with them. Even the chasing pack got a good few votes on their own, so plenty of diversity in opinion.

Kilkeel will be notified of their winning status in due course. Not sure right now wherever to get a trophy made of either a mountain of bullsh*t or a massive firehose.

****************
In the meantime as a nice antidote to the nasty grime, smell, substances and unrelenting horror that have plagued this thread, I would encourage you if you already haven't done so to go to the Nicest Towns in Ireland (http://gaaboard.com/board/index.php?topic=28594.0) thread set up by AZOffaly and post up something there about all the nice spots. Because bah gawd, not everywhere in Ireland's a sh*thole!

****************
P.S. Comic Sans font, glowing effect and marquee tag used for deliberate annoyance effect.
Title: Re: **WINNER - KILKEEL!** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: BennyCake on April 19, 2018, 04:45:16 PM
Will the ceremony be a black tie affair?
Title: Re: **WINNER - KILKEEL!** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Fionntamhnach on April 19, 2018, 04:53:01 PM
Will the ceremony be a black tie affair?
A brown tie event will be much more likely.
Title: Re: **WINNER - KILKEEL!** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: OgraAnDun on April 19, 2018, 05:09:49 PM
An orange coloured sash more like.
Title: Re: Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Feckitt on April 19, 2018, 05:27:03 PM
Kilkeel in County Down is the most depressing town in Ireland. 
It has everything going for it, It should be the Carlingford of the North.  It is picturesquely situated where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea.  It gets the beautiful evening sun on nearby sandy beaches.  The Silent Valley and Spelga Dam are nearby.  It's got a harbour, and a lovely river running through it.
However the town is a complete shithole thanks to the narrowminded sectarian bitterness of most of its unionist bigwigs.  The town is decked out like Nuremberg in 1936.  Para flags, painted kerbstones, UVF flegs are all over the place.  An intimidating sight to any visitors and a depressing existence for ALL of its residents.

As the person who originally nominated Kilkeel, I am delighted that this depressing shithole has got the attention it deserves.  Lots of places have been called out on this thread for being mired in sectarianism.  Sectarianism is a foul disease and those  towns which revel in it deserve to be called shitholes.  I would like to dedicate this award to Henry Reilly (who is the product of a shithole) and Enoch Powell who described Kilkeel as the greatest town he ever visited.
Title: Re: **WINNER - KILKEEL!** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Rossfan on April 19, 2018, 05:57:49 PM
I wonder how many of them realise the name of their town is a bad English phonetic spelling of
Cill Chaoil?
Sort of apt in a way.
Title: Re: **WINNER - KILKEEL!** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Feckitt on April 19, 2018, 06:13:20 PM
I wonder how many of them realise the name of their town is a bad English phonetic spelling of
Cill Chaoil?
Sort of apt in a way.

Lots of them, because despite how it looks, the town is almost 50% Catholic!
Title: Re: **WINNER - KILKEEL!** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Eamonnca1 on April 19, 2018, 09:54:52 PM
Interesting how sectarianism seems to be the deciding factor. The more sectarian, the more sh*tholy it is. Just shows you.
Title: Re: **WINNER - KILKEEL!** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: north_antrim_hound on April 19, 2018, 10:01:28 PM
Interesting how sectarianism seems to be the deciding factor. The more sectarian, the more sh*tholy it is. Just shows you.

an area in Dublin got third
Title: Re: **WINNER - KILKEEL!** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: Targetman on April 19, 2018, 11:06:17 PM
Congrats to Kilkeel worthy winners of this award, whose gonna inform Jim Wells of Kilkeelís success!!
Title: Re: **WINNER - KILKEEL!** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: StGallsGAA on April 20, 2018, 12:54:17 AM
Portlaoise didn't win then?  Not many cesspits beat that dunghole even on a good day.
Title: Re: **WINNER - KILKEEL!** Biggest Sh*thole in Ireland (2018 Edition)
Post by: armaghniac on April 20, 2018, 07:19:19 AM
Portlaoise has a good road out of it, at least.